Americans, a mighty-livered people, have lately embraced tequila. That was last year.
This year, the spirit bartenders obsess over is mezcal — tequila’s smoky papi and a damn fine gift this holiday season.
The more familiar tequila is simply a type of mezcal — if the agave is of the species tequilana and grown in Jalisco or one of four neighboring states, then the distilled spirit takes the name “tequila.”
The blend El Silencio uses — espadin, tobasiche and mexicano — all sprout high in the San Balthazar hills, where the altitude sweetens them.
The elegant bottle looks urbane, with the alebrije (mythical rabbit) tattooed on its back and a label that alludes to the dreamy club in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.
Most folks enjoy mezcal neat. But if the occasion calls for a mixed drink, you can’t go wrong with Petty Cash’s Mezcal Old Fashioned. You can find a step-by-step tutorial with Julian Cox – one of LA’s star mixologists – on our Facebook page.
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