Mezcal Makes for Hot Food Pairings

Mezcal is ready for its moment.

As customers expand their palates and drink through whiskey and tequila, they will inevitably seek new categories to explore. Makers of premium rum are betting on, as are producers of mezcal.

Mezcal is made from a blend of many agaves. This is unlike tequila, which is produced only from blue agave. Mezcal also tends to be smokier and sweeter that the other white Mexican spirit, and comes from a different area of Mexico (Oaxaca) than tequila (mostly in Jalisco).

Customers today have a taste for products that are unusual, authentic and of high quality. This is likely how many will first try mezcal. And for these adventurous drinkers, the smoky, spicy spirit also makes for some interesting food pairings.

Tequila shot with lime and salt on vintage background.
Tequila shot with lime and salt on vintage background.

Most people think of mezcal as spicy — justifiable so. In the Purple Corn, this spice was subdued by the sweeter elements. That is, until the finish, when the spice emerged as a nice closing note.

The overall lightness of this cocktail matched perfectly with the lightweight salad. If one followed a bite of the salad with a sip of the cocktail, then the Purple Corn’s pleasantly hot finish provided just the right exclamation mark to the drink/dish combo.

For the second course I selected the duck enmoladas with red mole sauce. The drink pairing for this was named Small Dose, made with Creyente, Paul Beau VS., Yellow Chartreuse and Demarara.

The cocktail looked and tasted like a Sazerac, only significantly spicier. After being light up front it quickly brought the heat. Here, the bartender let loose the natural spice of the mezcal. In matching this cocktail with the red mole sauce, heat met heat in a balance of power. Spicier dishes are natural pairings for this spirit.

Making a great-tasting cup of coffee can be more difficult than it seems at first blush. When making coffee at home, sometimes people will brew it too strong or too weak. This article will provide you with helpful tips for making enjoyable coffee.

Are you pleased with your drip-machine coffee? Better brews can be achieved by allowing your machine to get hot by running a water-only cycle. Once you have done this, make a pot of coffee as you normally would. This method also cleans your machine out pretty well.

When you purchase coffee beans, keep them somewhere else than the package they came in. You have to keep the beans in an opaque, airtight container. They will stay fresh for awhile this way.

Only use an airtight container to store your favorite coffee in the refrigerator. When the container isn’t airtight, odors and flavors from other foods can seep in. Improper storage can add moisture to your coffee.

When you are looking for a coffee grinder, do not purchase one that uses blades. Instead, look for one that has cone shaped or grinding burrs to reduce the beans. You will obtain a more consistent cut. Also, the flat blades have a tendency to overheat and can give your coffee a scorched flavor.

If you are buying coffee from a drive-in window, always error on the side of caution to stay as protected as possible. Typically, when you are buying coffee in this form, it will be piping hot, as you will not want to burn your hands or other areas of your body.

The introduction to this article made it clear that making good coffee is harder than it sounds. Nevertheless, when you apply what you’ve learned here, you’ll be headed in the directed of the holy grail cup of coffee.

 

 

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