Tequila’s Smoky Brother: Mezcal Cocktails in Detroit

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | May 30, 2018
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Earlier this month, you might have partaken in a delicious margarita of your choice to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. You were probably asked if you had a preference on the tequila. Maybe you said, “The house is fine” or “Do you have 1800?” But, you probably didn’t consider asking about the bar’s mezcal selection.

But, what is mezcal? While tequila is made solely from blue agave, mezcal can be made from a wide variety of agave. In general, mezcal can be described as the smoky brother of tequila and depending on the kind of agave used to make it, the flavor might have a hint of citrus or thyme or honey or…you get the idea.

Whether you’ve never tried mezcal or are a seasoned mezcal aficionado, Detroit has a few spots with mezcal cocktails worth checking out.

Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven – Two James Spirits

Two James’ premiere mezcal spirit Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven was distilled in Oaxaca, Mexico using espadín, wild tepeztate and wild tobalá agave plants. The final product is used in two of Two James’ tasting room cocktails. The Mayatl combines Dos Jaimes Mezcal Joven with fresh lime juice, fresh grapefruit juice, salted black peppercorn syrup and chamomile concentrate. Fresh to Death takes the mezcal and pairs it with fresh lemon juice, a celery stalk, parsley, orgeat and white pepper.

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David Sings Despacito – Sugar House

Using a jalapeno-infused mezcal and Lot 40 100% rye whiskey, this Corktown craft cocktail bar (say that five times fast) is currently making a seasonal cocktail (spring 2018) called David Sings Despacito. In addition to the aforementioned spirits, DSD also includes ginger, lime, pineapple and Peychaud’s bitters. Get it before the season ends!

Sonora at Night – The Whisky Parlor

Don’t let the name of this swanky bar fool you; they make a mezcal drink that can give you a kick in the taste buds. The second-floor establishment, The Whisky Parlor, found above Grand Trunk Pub in downtown Detroit makes a drink called Sonora at Night using Del Maguey Vida mezcal, lemon, demerara, champagne and, get this, absinthe. There’s a lot going on in this drink but if you’re looking for something strong and unique, look no further.

Some Like it Hot – Central Kitchen + Bar

If you want to spice things up, Central Kitchen + Bar in Detroit makes a mezcal drink appropriately called “Some Like it Hot.” It mixes Del Maguey Vida Mezcal with Solerno blood orange liqueur, hibiscus and jalapeños. Sip on that while you munch on their ahi tuna tartare for an extra spicy evening.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.