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Oaxaca is different from most of Jalisco where tequila is made. It is very mountainous - some of the mezcals (or more properly, mezcales) come from farms at 8,000 feet (San Luis Del Rio) and 8,500 feet (Santo Domingo Albarradas) altitude. Mezcal production is still mostly done in tiny, family-run operations, managed along with other business or agriculture. These small producers may keep their best product for family and friends, and sell their mid- and low-quality mezcal to larger companies for bottling and bulk sales
Updated May, 2011
Other tequila drinks
Tequila can substitute for several other spirits in cocktails to create a new taste sensation. Use it in place of vodka or gin to see what you get. Also, here are just a few drink ideas culled from the Net (sources listed below). Surf and find others that appeal to your drinking tastes. Again, always use 100% agave tequila.
One area not touched on here is the current fad for 'slammers' and similar drinks. These are designed for the braggadocio of high-school machismo drinking bouts and contribute exactly nothing to tequila or the perception of the drinker's maturity.
The tequila sunrise is undoubtedly the most famous tequila cocktail after the
margarita. It's been honoured in book titles, songs and movie titles.
Pour tequila and orange juice in a highball glass. Add ice and stir. Tilt the glass and pour the Grenadine down the side. The Grenadine should fall to the bottom of the glass, and then rise up slowly. Garnish with an orange slice. This drink is sometimes stirred gently.
Blend all ingredients until slushy. Note that there is no cactus used here, nor is tequila made from a cactus, nor in fact is any fermented or distilled drink in Mexico made from cactus.
Shake with ice. Strain into chilled sour glass. Garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry.
Stir with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an olive.
Rim whiskey sour glass with lime juice and salt. Place ½ orange slice in glass. Add crushed ice, tequila, blue curacao, bar syrup and club soda to fill. Stir lightly.
Chill mixture over rocks. Strain. Serve in cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
Tequila Bloody Maria
Dulce de Tequila
Sugar on rim; garnish with lemon wedge.
In Artes de Mexico's issue 27, a tequila banderita, or flag, is described:
Three caballitos, one with green lime juice, one with clear ('white') tequila, the last with red sangrita - arranged in these colours to represent the Mexican flag. Not so much a cocktail as a national statement.
And for that hot summer afternoon, what could be more refreshing than this recipe for Mexican Lemonade from Liquor and Librations: