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The Differences Between Tequila & Mezcal

Mezcal is quickly gaining popularity in American bars all across the country. While both of these spirits from Mexico are made from agave, that’s about all they have in common. Here are a few of the key distinctions between these two alcohols:

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All Tequila May Be Mezcal; Not All Mezcal Is Tequila

Tequila is a specific type of mezcal, similar to how bourbon and scotch are different types of whiskey. According to experts in the field, any agave-based liquor is classified as a mezcal. Tequila is included in this definition. However, since it only comes from certain regions of Mexico, as well as the fact that it is only produced from blue agave, means that it is only one of many mescals.

The Difference Is In the Agave

There are over 30 varieties of agave. The most common that are used for mezcal include tobalá, tepeztate, arroqueño, espadín, and tobaziche. These variations of agave make up to 90% of mezcal.

They Come from Different Regions

Although there may be some geographical overlap, mezcal and tequila primarily come from different areas of Mexico.

Tequila is made in 5 regions:

  • Michoacan
  • Jalisco
  • Guanajuato
  • Tamaulipas
  • Nayarit

Mezcal is produced in 9 regions:

  • Guanajuato
  • Durango
  • Guerrero
  • Tamaulipas
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Zacatecas
  • Michoacán
  • Puebla
  • Oaxaca
  • A couple of other distinctions between tequila and mezcal include a different distillation process, as well as different labeling.

    So, why not just come and taste the difference for yourself? Not only do we offer some of the finest drinks around, but we also have a delicious selection of many, authentic Mexican dishes. We are located at 70 East Main St. Bay Shore, NY 11706, so come by for lunch, happy hour, or dinner anytime! You can also reach us at (631) 665-6300.

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      Cocktails to Pair with your Mexican Cuisine

      Mexican food is flavorful and satisfying. To make your Mexican meal even better, consider pairing your food with cocktails. These are the cocktails to pair with your Mexican cuisine:

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      Whether you’re enjoying a taco, Oaxacan burger, or chips and guacamole, gin and tonic is a delicious pairing. A lot of Mexican cuisines is spicy, and gin and tonic can cool down these spicy flavors. Plus, the lime juice used in gin and tonic brightens the flavors of Mexican dishes.

      Another tasty drink to pair with your Mexican cuisine is sangria. Sangria is a combination of red wine and brandy that enhances the savory flavors of meats used in Mexican food. Sangria is also light and refreshing, making it a good dessert beverage.

      Seeking something a little sweeter to drink with your Mexican food? A rum swizzle is made with falernum and dark rum, creating a sweetness that is comparable to a daiquiri. Rum swizzle brightens the spicy and savory flavors of Mexican cuisine.

      The el diablo cocktail is another great beverage to drink alongside your Mexican meal. This cocktail is tart, sweet, and spicy, perfectly complementing the flavors and textures of Mexican food.

      Finally, you can’t go wrong with an Old Fashioned. This beverage is the perfect pairing for tacos or other Mexican cuisines because of its customization possibilities. If you want something sweeter, add sugar and bourbon to your Old Fashioned. If you want something spicier, rye whiskey is a great adjustment to make to your drink.

      Pairing cocktails with your Mexican cuisine is easy when you dine with Verde. Visit us at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, New York to try our tasty Mexican food and our mouth-watering cocktails!

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        Cinco De Mayo with Verde Kitchen & Cocktails

        Cinco de Mayo is not a holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico, but it is a great holiday to celebrate the people and the culture of Mexico. If you aren’t sure what Cinco de Mayo is, or how to celebrate, we have some ideas.

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        Information on Cinco de Mayo

        Cinco de Mayo is a holiday in one town in Mexico, Puebla. It is a celebration of a military victory by Mexico over the French forces that were invading. While the town of Puebla celebrates the victory, restaurants and tourism agencies in the United States have increasingly seen Cinco de Mayo as a way to celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American heritage.

        You can celebrate Cinco de Mayo in a variety of ways. Here at Verde Kitchen, we celebrate Mexican heritage all the time. You can start with salsa, which is a staple in any Mexican kitchen. We offer six different kinds of salsa, including a citrus salsa that is amazing. You might also want to try our cebolla salsa, which uses onion to bring you spicy and savory. We have lots of traditional meal offerings from the Oaxaca region, so you’re sure to get flavorful combinations of spice and slow cooking.

        When you are looking for drinks, there’s no drink that says Cinco de Mayo like the margarita. We have the usual fruit margaritas, but if you are wanting something very different, try our signature pepper margarita, spicy watermelon margarita or our grapefruit ginger margarita. We also offer tequila made from the purest blue agave, and mezcal.

        When you’re ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you should come and celebrate with us. We’re located at 70 East Main Street, Bayshore, New York, 11706. You can give us a call at 631.665.6300 to make a reservation, or order to go.

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          Enjoy Fresh Margarita’s During Happy Hour

          Who doesn’t love margaritas? If you want to sip on some delicious margaritas for a discounted price, come to Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. You can enjoy fresh margaritas during our happy hour!

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          At Verde, our happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Our specials include $6 all-natural margaritas and $7 select seasonal margaritas. For this low price, you can experience tremendous amounts of refreshing flavor. Try our mango margarita, which is made from tequila, mango, lime, agave, and served with a chili salt rim. There’s also our raspberry margarita, which is crafted from tequila, raspberry syrup, fresh lime, agave, and mint.

          All of our margaritas are made with 100% Blue Weber Agave Tequila, organic agave, and fresh-squeezed citrus. Additionally, all of our infusions and syrups are made in-house using our greenhouse ingredients whenever possible.

          Try our Verde margarita, which has been setting the bar since 2014. It’s made with Sub Ilegal Joven Mezcal, which puts a smoky spin on the classic margarita flavor. In addition to our house margarita, we also serve a cucumber jalapeno margarita, a pineapple coconut margarita, a grapefruit ginger margarita, and several other flavors you have to try for yourself.

          You don’t want to miss the Verde happy hour special! Enjoy our margaritas for nearly half the price when you visit us on a weekday between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Verde Kitchen & Cocktails is located at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, New York, and we can’t wait to see you here soon!

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            National Margarita Day

            The margarita is one of America’s favorite cocktails. Margaritas are a blend of triple sec, tequila, and lime juice. If you’re a lover of margaritas, get excited for National Margarita Day.

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            National Margarita Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated on February 22. There’s some dispute as to who invented the margarita, but many believe it was Carlos “Danny” Herrera. Herrera owned a restaurant in Baja, California in 1938, which was visited by famous Broadway dancer Marjorie King. She was allergic to spirits, but not tequila, so Herrera fixed her up what is believed to be the very first margarita.

            Margaritas are made from tequila and tequila is made from agave. Alcoholic drinks made from agave date back to Aztec society in 1000 BC. Tequila was introduced in the 1500s, and the margarita followed in 1938. By 1953, margaritas grew to international popularity. Today, they’re considered the favorite cocktail of 76 percent of Americans.

            At Verde Kitchen and Cocktails, we serve up outstanding margaritas made with 100 percent Blue Weber Agave Tequila, organic agave, and fresh-squeezed citrus. All of our syrups and infusions are house-made using our Greenhouse ingredients whenever possible.

            This National Margarita Day, try our margaritas at Verde. We have a cucumber jalapeno margarita made from spicy pepper-infused Blanco tequila, fresh cucumber juice, fresh lime, and organic agave. We also have a tropical margarita infused with grilled pineapple, papaya, and mango. If you love strawberry, try our strawberry basil margarita made from house-made fresh strawberry syrup and muddled basil for balance.

            This February 22, visit Verde Kitchen & Cocktails! We are located at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, New York, and we look forward to celebrating National Margarita Day with you.

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