Did you know, in 2020, the market size of Mezcal is estimated at $387.1 Million? This is expected to rise to over a billion by 2025.
Are you a lover of all things Mezcal? Los Amantes Mezcal is a beautiful variation of Mezcal. Keep reading to learn a brief history and a few cocktails you should try.
Brief History of Los Amantes Mezcal
Before we start looking at Los Amantes, let’s answer your ‘what is Mezcal?’ question. First, let’s look at the name.
The name mezcal comes from an old Aztec term. Metl ixcalli translates as ‘cooked agave’. This translation is a perfect place to start explaining the product.
An agave harvester (Jimador) will cut away the leaves of the plant, leaving the Piña. The Piña is then cooked for 3-4 days in a specialized oven. This process is what gives the Mezcal it’s signature smokey flavor.
The Piña’s are then juiced, fermented, and distilled to create Mezcal. Changes during this part of the process are how you produce different types of Mezcal.
The history of Los Amantes Mezcal began in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico. This mezcal boasts of reaching back for 300 years
Created from the espanín variety of agave, it takes its name from an Aztec legend. Los Amantes translates as The Lovers. It’s taken from the story of the love shared between Mayahuel and Quetzalcoatl.
These two lovers were torn apart by death. Quetzacoatl shed its tears over the demise of Mayahuel. In the exact spot where his tears fell, the agave plants would grow.
Now we know more of the history. Let’s look at a couple of Los Amantes Mezcal recipes. Make them at home to enjoy the great taste of Mezcal.
Mezcal Old Fashioned
This recipe is a twist on the classic Old-Fashioned cocktail. Use your Mezcal to really make this cocktail a smokey delight.
Here’s what you need to make a Mezcal Old Fashioned. You can use your favorite Reposado Tequila.
- 1 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
- 1/2 oz Los Amantes Mezcal
- 1 Barspoon Agave nectar
- 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
- Flamed orange twist
The flamed orange zest is used for the garnish.
- Add ice to a mixing glass
- Pour in the Tequila, Mezcal, Agave, and Bitters
- Stir and strain over ice
- Flame the orange peel
Stir longer for a more diluted taste. The amount of dilution will depend on personal preferences.
Add the Los Amantes Mezcal flavor to this classic. Not recommended for those with a sweet tooth.
You don’t need a lot of ingredients for this cocktail. The uniqueness is in the procedure.
- 1 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz Los Amantes Mezcal
- 1 oz Amaro Montenegro
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 large egg white
- Angostura bitter and lime twist to garnish
Ensure you use the Angostura for garnish, not for an ingredient.
- Dry shake the first 5 ingredients.
- Add ice to shaker and re-shake
- Double strain into a coupe glass
- Add a few drops of Angostura on top
- Add your lime twist
Dry shaking the ingredients first will cause the egg to react. This reaction will allow a beautiful froth along the top of the drink.
What to Eat With Mezcal
Take any of these cocktails and pair them with some flavorsome Mexican food. Why not try it with a couple of tacos with your favorite filling. Or, have a Mezcal Old Fashioned coupled with a lovely enchilada.
Enjoy Your Mezcal
Now you know more history and uses of Los Amantes Mezcal. How will you drink yours? Will you try the old-fashioned or the mule? Would you rather the Mezcal sours?
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