By Jesse Estes
2023 • Ryland Peters & Small
It’s the perfect accompaniment to a Mexican meal full of spicy flavors and the ideal fuel for dancing the night away. Made from the fermented juice of the agave plant, this spirit, along with its trendy cousin mezcal, has a complex yet light flavor, which is perfect in cocktails. Premium quality versions are becoming readily available, especially for the discerning cocktail drinker—the simple rule is the higher the percentage of agave, the better. Learn about the proud heritage of agave-based spirits from expert Jesse Estes. Start with a margarita, such as a Pink Pomegranate or a Greener Pastures, and then try something longer such as a Hibiscus Highball. If you prefer something a little more moody, try a Fallen Angel or brace yourself for a Tequila Smash. Finally, unleash your wild side with an Under the Volcano!
Tags: $25 or less, alcohol, beverages, Books, cocktails, global, mezcal, tequila, was-preorder