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Mexican Cinco de Mayo
Mexican culture has wonderful art, food and drink. Last year I wrote about my favourite Tequila and Mexican music. Read it here. Sugar Masks gilded in all colour of the rainbow instilling fear and excitement the world over, tacos laced in salsa and tequila, or even mescal, straight, slammed or mixed.
How to Drink Tequila
A 35ml measure in a double shot glass. No Lime, No Salt – just a sweet, spicy and smoky flavour. It can be sipped or taken in one.
Many people think that a shot of Tequila with Lime and Salt is a slammer. It’s not. A slammer is 25ml Tequila mixed with 15ml of lemonade or soda water, covered with the palm of your hand in a fist, slammed on a bar and downed in one.
The carbonated tequila infused drink hits you quicker and sharper and makes you feel all bubbly.
There no doubt that Tequila is an acquired taste. So ease yourself in with a cocktail. Something like a Tequila Sunrise or Tequila Martini. This was you can start to build a tolerance to the taste and start to understand the differences between the brands and colours. It becomes very similar to differences in wines.
What is Mezcal?
“Mezcal is the new Gin”
Tequila is made from Blue Agave and only Blue Agave. However there are over 120 types of other Agave plants. Technically Tequila is Mezcal and should only ever be made in the town of Tequila, but let’s not go there. The plants are cultivated up to 14 years and then cut, roasted and then “juiced” from the heart.
Mexican myth has it that the Gods struck the agave plant with lightning and split it open to reveal a liquid, this was for the people – I like that God.
While Mezcal is not hugely popular, I think it will be in 2016. Export has been controlled but with the world increasing appetite for artisan and small batch production of alcohol. Mescal is the new Gin.
(image courtesy of Tourism Mexico)