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Riviera Maya is Best Served in a Glass of Mezcal

Mezcal plant in Oaxaca

The world Mezcal comes from the Náhuatl language and means “Maguey leaves that are cooked”. (For those unfamiliar with the term Maguey, this is the local name for Agave). This traditional Mexican alcoholic beverage is made by an ancient pre-hispanic technique that is treasured by Mexican culture.

Celebration is part of the Mexican culture. There are different alcoholic drinks that are part of local celebrations. We all know about Tequila but few outside of Mexico are familiar with Mezcal. Mezcal is by far the favorited celebratory drink for Mexicans, especially the brave ones.

Searching for the Best Quality Mezcal in MexicoMezcal Hole

In ancient Oaxaca City, Mezcal was made at home. People dug large holes on their property that were filled with hot volcanic stones. The stones were then covered with Maguey leaves so the leaves could be roasted. After three days, the leaves would be put in a wooden barrel to ferment.

In order to produce the best quality Mezcal, the Maguey plant has to be 6 to 8 years old. At the present moment there are over 50 different types of artisan Mezcal in Mexico. The main cities known for Mexcal production are Oaxaca and Guerrero. The minimum percentage of alcohol contained in Mezcal must be of at least 45%, a magic number that guarantees great taste and good quality.

Facts About Mezcal You Did not Know!

Mezcal Tasting

  • Tequila and Mezcal are totally different. Tequila only comes from blue Maguey and there are around 50 different Maguey plants to produce Mezcal.
  • When Mezcal is called “Artisanal” it means the process was manual. From creation to distribution.
  • Mezcal must be taken “solo” without the worm.
  • When Mezcal is 100% pure, no matter how much you drink, you won´t  have a hangover.
  • Mezcal is medicinal, excellent for relaxation and decreasing your cholesterol.
  • Whenever you are cold, Mezcal is great to keep you warm given its strong flavor and high alcohol content.

Best Places to Have a Good Mezcal in Riviera Maya

Mezcal Shot

There are many places where you can get good quality Mezcal in the Riviera Maya. You can also purchase a bottle of Mezcal and take it as a souvenir for your family back home.

The Dragon Turquesa Bar in Tulum has a great selection of Mezcal.

If you prefer your Mezcal with your meal, Casa Gaviota Restaurant also in Tulum, will be your perfect choice.

But why not surprise your friends with a nice gift. E-mail [email protected] and find out where to buy Mezcal, which are the best  stores to purchase a fine bottle of Mezcal that is close to your holiday location and what is a good price.

Paulina is a crazy animal lover who has been living in the Riviera Maya for over 9 years. Her expertise is designing unique vacations for travelers and visitors. This comes from her desire to share her area knowledge, local restaurant secrets, and cool cultural experiences that have been a large part of her life on the coast. Paulina never sits still on her day off as she feels there is always something to see, a new beach to check out or a new restaurant to try. She loves answering questions and helping you plan your next vacation. [email protected]

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