Mezcal - Expert Advice

No liquor cabinet is complete without a sweet, smoky bottle of mezcal tucked away in the back. And there's nothing quite like pulling out that bottle after a long day or on the weekend with friends and enjoying a sip of this delicious agave drink. In this day and age, buying mezcal online is easier than ever, meaning you don't even have to make a trip to your local liquor store to get it. 

Not sure what mezcal is? Read on:

What is Mezcal?

Mezcal and tequila are agave-based spirits, making them similar in many ways, but they are classified separately. It's easiest to remember it this way: All tequila is mezcal, but not all mezcal is tequila. 

The main reason for this separate classification is the plant used to create the alcohol. Tequila can only be made from blue Weber agave. Mezcal, though, can be made from any agave plant (FYI, there are more than 250 types of agave plants, but only about 50 percent are used in the making of spirits). This variety in agave plants obviously changes the mezcal's flavor profile, especially its sweetness. 

Overall, tequila tends to be more popular than mezcal because tequila is more consistent in flavor. When you purchase a bottle of tequila, depending on the brand and the quality, it will likely taste pretty similar across the board. Mezcal, however, can vary significantly from brand to brand because of the type of agave plant used. Since mezcal does not have to be made from a particular agave plant, as tequila does, its possibilities for cocktails are essentially endless.

What to Pair With Mezcal

Because mezcal is similar to tequila, many ingredient pairings work seamlessly with both spirits, like fresh lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Mezcal, orange liqueur, honey, and chocolate bitters also make for an exciting new cocktail that will have your guests raving!

Pineapple is another excellent choice if you want to keep to a fruit pairing. It's bright, acidic, and sweet, lending itself to the delicious flavors of the mezcal. If you still want that fresh taste without the sweetness of fruit, fresh herbs like cilantro also make a delightful and refreshing pairing. 

Premium Mezcal Brands

Nationwide Liquor is proud to offer some of the best mezcal brands available, making it easier than ever to find premium mezcal brands and buy mezcal online. The Ilegal Mezcal Joven is the perfect drink to have at the end of a long day or if you're looking to entertain. Our Del Maguey Mezcal Single Village Wild Tepextate is a unique offering that's sure to please your friends and guests. If you're looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one who enjoys trying new and exciting flavors and drinks, then the Casamigos Mezcal Joven might be exactly what they're looking for. 

Through our website, it's easy to buy mezcal online and receive a mezcal delivery right at your door — no need to head out and search on your own! Let those of us here at Nationwide Liquor help make your gift-giving and entertaining experience easy and stress-free!

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