Mezcal is having a moment, to say the least. Over the last several years, mezcal sales in the United States have risen dramatically — nearly 48% between 2007 and 2011 — and the trend continues to persist. The process of making mezcal is similar to that of its agave-based cousin tequila, but there's one key difference: the agave is smoked before it is distilled. The resulting spirit is smoky and complex, yet lighter than something like say, scotch.
Mezcal has recently become prevalent on cocktail menus across Dallas, which makes total sense — it is of course the margarita capitol of the world, and we love smoked things (hello, barbecue). While a good mezcal is more than worthy of sipping solo, it can also make for some seriously intriguing cocktails. Here are 10 worth sampling, whether you're already an avowed mezcal fan or looking to expand your cocktail horizons.Read More