Most people have heard of tequila, but have not heard of mezcal. However, tequila is actually a type of mezcal. This liquor is aged, delicious, and comes in a variety of forms. For some mezcal 101, just keep reading!
Mezcal can be clear, light gold, or amber in color. It is made in Oaxaca and is aged anywhere from one month to more than three years. Mezcal is a liquor made from various agaves, unlike tequila, which is only made from blue weber agave. The “oven-cooked agave” comes from the maguey plant and has a sweet, smoky flavor. The tradition of making mezcal is more than 500 years old and is still continuing to this day. If you want to taste mezcal, you’re in luck because Verde Kitchen & Cocktails has an entire mezcal menu for you to order from.
At Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, we serve young, rested, and aged agave, also known as joven, reposado, and añejo. The Del Maguey Arroqueno is a mezcal made from sweet minerality with notes of pea tendrils and hints of fig, melon, and cantaloupe. The Alipus San Baltazar is another mezcal from our menu, which is made from delicate fruit with slight sweetness. The Ilegal Anejo is a maple, clove, and cocoa mezcal with a smooth, spicy finish, while the El Buho is vegetal with smooth smoke and spice. Consider ordering our Siete Misterios Doba-Yej for a citrus, floral, and caramel noted mezcal, or our Sombra for complex citrus and smoke notes. The Mezcal Vago Tepeztate is a drink option created with bright, clean, and bold flavors that aren’t too smokey, while the Mezcal Vago Elote has hints of mint, papaya, and sweet toasted corn.
Come and enjoy our mezcal menu at Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. We are located at 70 East Main Street in Bay Shore, and we hope to see you here soon!