Mezcal & Tequila: Succulent Summer Spirits

Wild Hearts of Agave

 

Firey agave spirits, Mezcal and Tequila are fantastic pairs for summer’s heat. Serve them up on ice with a squeeze of lime alongside BBQ and toasted marshmallows. Or prepare a refreshing watermelon or grapefruit punch for parties at the beach or your own backyard.

Find spectacular summer spirits with our staff’s picks of delicious Mezcal and Tequila.

Cruz de Fuego Espadin Mezcal $39.96

Cruz de Fuego Espadin Mezcal is made in Oaxaca by mother-and-son team Margarita Blas and Carlos Mendez Blas. The duo has produced a subtle, affordable Mezcal laced with notes of peach, lemon, rosemary, and wisps of smoke. – Gwen Connors, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Caballito Cerrero Blanco Tequila $79.99

Agave distillate from Jalisco that isn’t made from the Blue Weber varietal (the only one used for Tequila). Caballito Cerrero has been making agave-based spirits for 15 generations—and you can tell. Filled with notes of citrus fruit and grassy herbaceousness, with a hint of just-cut straw. – Josh Mizrahi, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Derrumbes San Luis Potosi $69.96

You haven’t seen too many Mezcals featuring the Salmiana agave and that’s because it’s an extremely low yielding variety. The piñas are cooked in hornos or above ground ovens, resulting in a less smoky style that showcases the terroir where the plants originate. Great for Mezcal aficionados and neophytes alike. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Herencia Mexicana Blanco Tequila $29.96

Herencia uses agaves from high altitudes resulting in an incredibly rich, concentrated flavor, making for one of the best bang-for-the-buck super premium Tequila currently on the market. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Spirits Buyer

La Higuera Dasylirion Leiophyllum Sotol $51.96

Sotol can almost seem like the perfect bridge between Tequila and Mezcal. While this expression will be appreciated by fans of both, it is simply an outstanding spirit in its own right—and for a fraction of the cost that the best bottles of Tequila or Mezcal are currently going for. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Spirits Buyer

Rezpiral Apolonio/Simeon Ramirez Barril Mezcal $114.96

Just when you think we’re close to tapping the wellspring of great Mezcals, bottles like this come around. Complex on the surface, this spectacular Mezcal also possesses fathomless depth. – Nima Ansari-Bahmani, Spirits Buyer