Don Amado Mezcal, Our Drink of the Week!

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In Los Angeles, New York and other hipster enclaves, the Mexican drink of the moment is mezcal, tequila's country cousin (tequila? SO Chapman U sorority party). Oaxacan-food princess Bricia Lopez (of Guelaguetza fame) just opened a mezcal bar at her family's restaurant, and a mezcal bar is being planned in Orange County as we speak (details to come when I can discuss them).

Why the sudden buzz? Part of it is foodies' eternal fascination with Oaxaca, the capital of mezcal production in Mexico--and now that mole negro and chapulines are fully integrated into the Mexican-food pantheon in this country, mezcal is the next step into the Oaxacan swirl. But even if mezcal wasn't so connected with Oaxaca, the drink deserves its moment in the sun: not only is it the antithesis of the Jalisco cartel that dominates ideas of mexicanidad it's also a smoky, wonderful nectar. Boutique bottles are just bubbling up here in Orange County; a fine mass-produced label is Don Amado Plata.


Mezcal's smokiness is different from, say, a Scotch or even tequila. It's primal, singing of Monte Alban and Sky People, and the first sensation that hits your palate: harsh, pulsating, lingering. But then a sweetness sinks in, earthy tones ala the peatiness of a Laphroaig, with a dry aftertaste that recalls the intimidating agaves from whence it originated. Lovers of fine liquors will take to Don Amado like Mexicans took to sneaking into this country. It might be too much for the novice, though--but then again, tequila used to be considered gutter water, and now we have Spider from Goodfellas waxing douchebaggery about the damn drink.

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Jlustig
Jlustig

Mass produced? We distill Don Amado in tiny ceramic pot stills in VERY small batches. But thank you for the accolade! More info at www.DelMezcal.com.mx

Napoleon Wolters
Napoleon Wolters

Mezcal? That stuff I swallowed and vomited repeatedly at our solo party in flight school a coupla centuries ago? Or maybe it was the soda pop we used as a mixer. In any case, once was enough for me, although now that it's new, exotic, and trendy ....

Incidentally ... a word to the wise ... it is illegal under California law to drop Bricia Lopez's name without showing pictures of this charming young temptress. Get with the program -- you could put a home-industry out of business!

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

Mezcal should be a part of every bar.......It's so human !

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

I wonder if Cardenas grocery stores cary it?

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

Where can I go buy said bottle right now??  Sounds good for a dreary friday night.

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

Waxing douchebaggery.  Im going to steal that one.  haha  Solid.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I'll be going to Cardenas tonight... I'll let you know. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Oops, forgot to note that. Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, of course!

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