Coming from Mexico, I have enjoyed my fair share of speciality Agave-based drinks. This week, we opened The Agave Corner, a new bar at El Tajin where you can enjoy a drink and bocadillos (small plates).
So what is Agave? Its is succulent plant with spiky, fleshy leaves that can grow up to 2m high in Mexico. It core is used to make the following four types of artisan alcoholic drinks in Mexico; 1) Tequila, 2) Mezcal 3) Sotol and 4) Raicilla.
Tequila is made from 100% Blue Agave and under Mexican law can only produced in five regions in Mexico. Where the blue agave was grown i.e. Lowlands or Highlands contributes to whether the tequila is more fruity or herbaceous in flavour.
Mezcal is the smokier cousin of Tequila and it primarily comes from Oaxaca. It is baked under ground to give it its distinct smoky flavour and can be made from different types of Agave.
Sotol comes from Chihuahua and is made from a plant called Daisylirion Wheeleri (Desert spoon) and is considered part of the asparagus family but it was considered agave until the 90’s when it was reclassified. One plant of Sotol produces 1 bottle.
Raicilla comes from Jalisco and is made with the Maximiliana Agave and it is a spirit similar to Mezcal and Tequila.
We have an extensive collection of Agave drinks at The Agave Corner and on our legendary Tequila Trolley for you to sip and savour this weekend!