Shop + Learn: Agave Spirits

Bartenders tend to obsess about and even idolize agave-based spirits because there's a level of honesty to them: the plant from which they are made is reflected in the flavor of the liquid. There's also a romance involved in spirits that remained untouched by the modern world until very recently, giving them a rustic, genuine aura.

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  • Tequila

    The cultivation of agave is laborious and time consuming, and the agricultural practices used seem, from the outside, decidedly old-world--quaint, even. So too is the distillation process that's touted on bottles and in marketing literature, where masters toil over ancient pot stills, producing teh spirit largely through intuition. These are great stories, but beneath them is an even more exciting tale--that of a spirit that's shed the stigma of being cheap firewater to become highly respected alongside the world's most revered liquors.

    - Excerpt from Cocktail Codex by Death & Co.

  • Mezcal

    In recent years, mezcal has transfixed spirit and cocktail lovers because of its extremely distinctive flavor and the romance of its heritage as a peasant spirits created by artisan producers following many generations of traditions. Indeed, many spirit enthusiasts have all but abandoned tequila for mezcal because, unlike tequila, it is still a small-scale artisanal product. Mezcals are most frequently bottled unaged (blanco or joven - a term meaning young), though there are a handful of producers who age mezcal in oak barrels.

    - Excerpt from Cocktail Codex by Death & Co.

  • Other Agave Spirits

    Bacanora and Raicilla are made in Mexico from agave using very similar production practices to mezcal, with each revealing their own terroir. But across the world, there is a new wave expanding the agave category. With their own unique production techniques, rather than simply trying to imitate Mexican traditions, we are beginning to see how producers from various agave growing regions are able to express terroir through agave.

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Fellow Classics: The Margarita

As Death & Co extensively explained in Cocktail Codex, every recipe is a riff on a classic. Here, we offer guidance on these templates as a great starting point for any original creation.

Fellow tips: People differ in their preferences for sweet and sour, so we recommend that you try a Goldilocks experiment to determine where your own preferences lie. Make the same drink in the below recipe three times, with zero, with 1/4 oz, and with 1/2 oz of simple syrup, and find our your favorite.

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