LA's 10 Best Mezcal CocktailsBy Lesley Balla | April 29, 2014 By Lesley Balla | April 29, 2014
Mezcal, tequila’s agave cousin, is making huge inroads on the drink scene these days. Long known as a smokier, more rustic spirit than tequila - all tequilas are mezcal, by the way, but all mezcal isn’t tequila - it has a more in-depth flavor profile that comes from its location and the hands of its makers. A more artisanal spirit, it’s great for sipping, and you’ll find some incredible small-batch mezcals on the shelves at many restaurants and bars around LA right now. But it’s also becoming mainstream in cocktails.
"I believe that mezcal is the mother of all spirits,” says Raul Yrastorza, bar manager and main mezcal guy for Las Perlas in Downtown LA. “It’s what the bar community has been searching for. The unique umami character is like the missing link in cocktails that allows them to be taken to another level.” In essence: not only does mezcal add a hint of smokiness to cocktails, it also adds swagger and style. Here are the 10 best mezcal cocktails to sip right now in LA.