SUBSCRIBE BY APRIL 30TH TO GET THE AGAVE BLANCO BOX!
So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of mezcal now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you!
Russell Davis suggests Ilegal Mezcal, a handcrafted brand of Mexican artisanal liquor with a notorious history that includes smuggling and week-long parties in a clandestine bar in Guatemala.
Jules Mavromatis of Key West's Agave 308 suggests Mezcal Nuestra Soledad San Luis Del Rio, because of its beautiful layers of vibrant citrus and black pepper, and lovely smokiness.
Eric Johnson of Juniper and Ivy and The Crack Shack in San Diego suggests La Niña del Mezcal ESPADIN, for its sweet, citrus, and spicy notes. Its lighter profile matches up well with cocktail ingredients.
For an easy-to-find budget option we recommend Del Maguey VIDA San Luis Del Rio, an artisanal organic mezcal at an entry-level price point.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you will need 24 oz of mezcal; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Or you can do like some of our other subscribers and try more than one recommended bottle. That way you can taste all of the cocktails each way, and still have mezcal left over to add to your home bar!
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, strainer, bar spoon, muddler, fine mesh strainer, 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, citrus reamer or juicer, and wooden matches. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, double rocks glass, highball
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you will need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).