It’s National Mezcal Day on October 21st, and we’re celebrating at our liquor store in Lone Tree by stocking up on all our high-end bottles of Mezcal for you to enjoy! At Lukas Liquor, we know an excellent mezcal when we see it. Many people wonder what the difference between mezcal and tequila is. Before we get to celebrating by pouring a drink, let’s learn how these two spirits differ and what makes them similar.
Tequila is a type of Mexican liquor made from the blue agave plant. It is distilled with the help of a second-run distillation process, which involves cooking the blue agave, fermenting it, and then distilling it to make the tequila.
Mezcal is also a type of liquor that comes from Mexico. It is made of any kind of agave plant and contains at least 51% alcohol by volume (ABV). The agave is roasted in a fire pit before being crushed to collect the sugar. Similarly to tequila, it is then fermented and distilled.
Tequila Vs Mezcal
The main difference between the two is that mezcal can be made from any agave plant. Tequila, on the other hand, can only be made from blue agave plants. Because of this, tequila is considered a type of mezcal, so their differences are not too extreme.
Now that you can appreciate the rich history of mezcal, we’re sure you’re wondering how the taste differs from tequila. Mezcal has a variety of tastes and flavors, which makes a lot of sense when you consider that it is made from many different types of agave. Mezcal will have a smokier flavor, due to the in-ground fire pit used for the roasting process, while tequila is known for its smooth and sweet taste.
National Mezcal Day
The history of mezcal can be traced back to pre-Hispanic times in Mexico when it was used for medicinal purposes and as a religious symbol. Some believe, because of an ancient fable, that mezcal was a gift from the gods. After Spanish colonization, it became popular as an alcoholic beverage in Mexico. The word mezcal comes from the Nahuatl word for “agave,” miztli. This drink has been around for centuries, and its roots are important in Mexican culture.
Celebrate National Mezcal Day the right way, and visit Lukas Liquor’s liquor store in Lone Tree to pick up a bottle!