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To Have on Hand for Mezcalloween


Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of mezcal espadín joven now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has recommendations for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference.

Mezcal Amarás Espadín has a tea-like light citrus and toasted wood aroma with hints of tropical fruit. All of which pair wonderfully in a cocktail,” says Sother Teague. “The mezcal tastes of slate and mineral with wisps of smoke and will definitely have you spellbound.” Amarás not only makes delicious mezcal; the company’s mission is to be a steward to a better world, for both people and the planet.  

Jules Snow recommends Montelobos Espadín Mezcal, a beautifully balanced artisanal mezcal produced with five generations of love and passion behind it. As Jules notes, “You'll taste a lovely smoke that's not overbearing, with herbaceous and fruit layers.”

“Thanks to a light stripe of coconut and pineapple flavor hiding behind the smoke and pepper, Koch el Mezcal Espadín Joven (San Baltazar Guelavila, 47% ABV) is a mezcal that really makes a cocktail sing!” raves Chris Elford. But while the acid and proof make this one really fun to mix with, the fruity, musty aromas, sweet and slightly bitter notes of cooked agave on the palate, and long, spicy finish make it a mezcal that’s also a pleasure to sip neat.

If you prefer to order your mezcal online rather than pick up locally, look no further than the Shaker & Spoon Collection on Curiada. The trio bundle of Koch el Mezcal Espadín + Montelobos Espadín + Mezcal Amarás Espadín is available, as well as individual bottles of the Koch el Mezcal Espadín, Mezcal Amarás Espadín, and Montelobos Espadín Mezcal!

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of mezcal; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet. 

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, fine strainer, bar spoon, mixing glass, and shaker.  Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: A coupe glass, a rocks glass, and a balloon snifter or wine goblet

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 6 pounds of ice (6 ice trays’ worth).

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