4 Mezcal Cocktails You Need To Try This October



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With National Mezcal Day coming up on 21 October and Halloween parties being carefully curated for the following week, there are two dates in the calendar this month which might encourage you to fine-tune your cocktail game and perhaps be bold enough to try something different. 

And with a predicted half of all UK households now owning a cocktail shaker, it might just be time to crack open the mezcal and tequila for a night of chest-warming drinks as we step into the autumn months. 

New to mezcal? Here, with slush syrup provider, Snowshock, we explore mezcal and its growing popularity, as well as exploring four tasty cocktail recipes that offer the perfect way to sample the earthy, smokiness of this spirit.

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So, What Is Mezcal?

Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from a variety of agave plants. Mezcal and tequila, the latter a type of mezcal itself, offer strong 38-55% ABV and a deliciously complex flavour. Incidentally, mezcal can be made from 40 different varieties of the agave plant, whereas tequila can only be made from the Blue Weber agave. 

Due to this, mezcal has a variety of flavours, from sweet and fruity tones to smoky and earthy ones. This makes it perfect for creating fascinating cocktails as it offers a broad range of flavour pairings. 

Mezcal is the oldest spirit to be distilled in South America, and, as such, has very specific methods of production. These methods are largely classified as ancestral mezcal and artisanal mezcal, both of which adhere to strict rules.

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Artisanal mezcal involves slow roasting the heart of the agave plant in pit ovens built with volcanic rock for a few days to a week – this gives it a signature smoked flavour.

However, it depends on the producers’ preferences whether the hearts are charred or not, altering the flavour with each new batch. Regardless, the hearts are then crushed and fermented with water.

At the same time, ancestral mezcal is a much stricter process, which rules out the use of machined crushing and consists of the fermentation taking place in clay pots with the fibres of the plant to increase the earthy taste of the spirit. 

The Popularity Of Mezcal & Tequila

In the year running up to September 2021, over one and a half million bottles of tequila were sold. This was an increase of 36% from the previous year and shows promise for the growing taste for tequila and other mezcal spirits. In February 2022, these sales had risen by 16% compared to the same week in 2021, resulting in the tequila market being worth £140.6 million. 

And in 2020, the production volume of mezcal rose by 9.8% to meet this growing demand. 

With this increased demand for mezcal drinks, we have even seen the creation of bars, such as Hacha in London or the brilliant Mexican restaurant Kol’s dedicated Mezcaleria, devoted to serving all drinks agave. 

That said, if you’re keen to create some mezcal cocktails at one, you can do so with these four great recipes…

Monster Mezcalita Verde Cocktail

You will need:

  • 50ml Mezcal
  • 250ml water
  • Agave syrup
  • A pineapple
  • Parsley
  • 3 juiced limes
  • Half a jalapeno
  • A cucumber

How to make it

Start by blending the pineapple pieces, peeled and diced, a sprig of parsley, lime juice, and jalapeno together with the water. Strain out any pieces and add agave syrup to sweeten, depending on your preferences. Place 50ml of this concoction into a cocktail shaker and add the mezcal. Shake over ice before straining into glasses. To add an extra Halloween touch to this, consider decorating with monster themed garnishes or adding extra jalapeno to individual glasses and make a game out of it.

Frighteningly Frozen Mezcal Paloma

You will need:

  • 120ml Mezcal
  • 120ml grapefruit juice
  • 45ml lime juice
  • 30ml honey
  • A cup of ice
  • Salt
  • A lime or grapefruit slice for garnish

How to make it:

Placing the mezcal, honey, grapefruit and lime juice into a shaker, shake until the honey is thoroughly dissolved. Place this into a freezer for 4-10 hours. Then remove and place in a blender with ice to make the perfect slushie. Garnish with your preferred fruit. 

Top tip: to make this fit for a Halloween party, add a splash of grenadine or red food colouring to give it a devilish colour. 

Once Upon A Thyme In Mexico

You will need:

  • 30ml Mezcal
  • 20ml Tequila
  • 10ml Agave
  • 15ml lime juice
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Thyme

How to make it:

Bring all ingredients into a shaker and shake it until all are combined and the raspberries have separated. Then strain into a glass. This red drink will look perfectly at home for any Halloween spread.  

Jessica Rabbit Cocktail

You will need:

  • 30ml Mezcal
  • 20ml Tequila
  • 20ml Lime Juice
  • 20ml Pineapple Juice
  • 10ml Agave Syrup
  • Strawberries
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Ice
  • A Sprig Of Mint

How to make it:

Put two strawberries, two cherry tomatoes, the agave syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and crush the ingredients together. Once they have combined, add the pineapple juice and spirits to the mixture. Shake hard so that all ingredients come together before straining into a martini glass. Garnish with a cherry tomato, or for an extra Halloween treat, carve the cherry tomato into an eyeball and have it float in the drink to scare your guests. 

The Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for the best drink to impress your guests or want to test the limits of their heat tolerance, mezcal cocktails offer a variety of flavours. Combine it with trusty tequila for extra strength and when Halloween arrives, serve it up with ghoulish garnishes!

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