Mezcal drinks

Ivy Mix, co-owner of Leyenda in Brooklyn, riffs on a mai tai with smoky mezcal. The name of the drink (an anagram of mai tai) pays homage to a friend to whom . Often overshadowed by its more popular brother, tequila, mezcal doesn’t usually get a fair shot.

Maybe it’s the smokey flavor that polarizes people, or the . If you’ve spent any time at a cocktail bar lately, it’s likely you’ve seen jiggers of mezcal going into the drinks. Long past are the days when the US only had . Though traditionally drank straight, mezcal’s intense smokiness and slight savory edge make it especially compelling in cocktails.

Beverage director Cody Pruitt melts De La Rosa peanut marzipan candies into a marzipan syrup to sweeten this mezcal- and tequila-based Old Fashioned. Mezcal is not such a scary thing, actually: Tequila’s once-estranged cousin has become a bartender favorite and even a great mixer. When it comes to Mexican booze, tequila’s gotten all the glory. Until recently, if you asked for a margarita made with mezcal at your local . Then you need to try mezcal as soon as possible.

For decades, the liquor has been maligne but the . Mezcal Cocktails is a group of recipes collected by the editors of NYT Cooking. Now that may sound like a bold claim, but I believe it. I have gone through a massive mezcal cocktail discovery process, and have made many, .