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Mezcal Recipes

The term “mezcal” encompasses a large variety of agave-based spirits. Tequila is actually a type of mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequila. Make sense?

For something to be labeled as tequila, it must be made from the Blue Weber Agave plant. On the other hand, mezcal can be made from any variety of agave plant.

Mezcal is made by burying part of the agave plant (the heart, or piña) with hot rocks and smoking it. This results in the spicy, smoky flavor that’s characteristic of any mezcal.
Unlike tequila, aging isn’t as crucial to the mezcal making process. (Some mezcals are aged and are labeled as such, but generally speaking it’s not critical to mezcal making.)
Clear mezcals are sometimes labeled as “Joven,” which simply means unaged. If your mezcal is tan or deeper brown in color, it has been aged.