Where to Celebrate National Mezcal Day in Miami

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We honor this smoky spirit, originating from the Oaxacan hills of southwestern Mexico over 400 years ago, with Mezcal Day on October 21.

Unlike, tequila, which is only made from blue agave, its older and more sophisticated cousin can be made from maguey, or other varieties of agave plants.  After the extracted plant juice has been fermented, the heart of the agave plant, or the pina, is oven-roasted with charcoal and stone.  This is how mezcal achieves its distinct smoky flavor.

Traditionally, is meant to be sipped slowly and enjoyed down to the agave worm found at the bottom of the high-proof bottle.  The gusano, or worm, which lives on the agave plant, is eaten when the last drop is poured for good luck.

Today, mixologists relish mixing both artisanal and traditional mezcal into any drink that originally called for tequila.  Here are some tasty examples of such fine cocktails to enjoy in Miami on Mezcal Day:

National Mezcal Day Cocktail in Miami

Mezcalero at Sweet Liberty

Mezcalero at Sweet Liberty

Ingredients:  Mezcal Vida, Aperol, Cocchi Rosa and Grapefruit Bitters.

237 20th Street #B, Miami Beach, FL 33139, mysweetliberty.com, @mysweetliberty

Mezcal Aviation at Sugar Miami

Mezcal Aviation at Sugar

Ingredients:  Amaras Mezcal, Crème de Violette and Lemon.

788 Brickell Plaza, Miami (the rooftop at EAST, Miami Hotel), sugar-miami.com,  @EASTMiami

Beets By Bro at The Anderson

Beets Bro at the Anderson National Mezcal Day

Ingredients:  Ilegal Mezcal, fresh Beet juice, pressed Lime Citrus Bitters, sage and pickled beets.

709 NE 79th St, Miami (MiMo District), theandersonmiami.com, @theandersonmiami

Lavagave at Beaker & Gray

Lavagave at Beaker

Ingredients:  Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lavender Syrup, Egg Glair, Grapefruit & Vanilla Bitters, and served to the rim of a coupe glass.

2637 North Miami Avenue, Miami (Wynwood District), beakerandgray.com, @beakerandgray

Anana Al Asador at Leynia

Anana Al Asador Leynia at Delano

Ingredients:  Mezcal, Casamigos Tequila, Lime, Smoked Pineapple and Habañero tincture

1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (at the Delano Hotel), sbe.com/restaurants/leynia, @DelanoSouthBeach, #LeyniaRestaurant

Besame Mucho at Cantina La Veinte

Besame Mucho at Cantina La Veinte Miami

Ingredients:  Montelobos Mezcal, Grapefruit Juice, Maraschino Syrup and Lime Juice. Garnished with Maraschino Cherries and a Tajin Rim

 495 Brickell Avenue, Miami (at the Icon Brickell), cantinala20.com, @la20miami

Brass Monkey at Meat Market Miami Beach

Brass Monkey at Meat Market Miami Beach

Ingredients:  Nuestra Soledad Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Banana Liqueur, Citrus, Agave and Pineapple

915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, meatmarket.net/miami_beach, @MeatMarketMiami

Oaxaca Sour at Matador Bar

Oaxaca Sour at Matador Bar

Ingredients:  Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Lemon, Basil, and Egg White. Shaken, and garnished with fresh Basil Leaf.

2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (in the Miami Beach Edition hotel), matadorroom.com/matador-bar,  @MatadorRoom

Smoke & Mirrors at Forte Dei Marmi

Smoke and Mirrors at Forte del Marmi

Ingredients:  Anejo Mezcal, Vermouth and Campari

150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach (South of Fifth), fdmmiami.com, @fdmmiami

El Chapo at Jezebel Miami

El Chapo at Jezebel Bar Kitchen Miami

Ilegal Mezcal, Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple, and Arbol Chile Syrup

1625 Michigan Ave, Miami Beach (off Lincoln Road), jezebelmiami.com, @jezebelmiami

Piña Basil Margarita at Ball & Chain

Basil Margarita at Ball & Chain

Ingredients:  Zignum Mezcal Reposed, Cointreau, fresh Basil, fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar and Pineapple juice, with a Sal de Gusano rim.

1513 SW 8th St, Miami (Calle Ocho/Little Havana), ballandchainmiami.com, @BallandChainMiami


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