All hail agave! Thanks to this Mexican plant we have several agave spirits, including the two which are most well-known around the world: Mezcal and tequila. You don’t have to travel to Mexico to get some of those spirits in your glass, luckily.
Whether you want to be sipping the spirit solo in a flight, or enjoying it melded with other ingredients in a cocktail, here are five places in Calgary where you can drink mezcal and tequila.
Tequila lovers will appreciate Añejo’s dedication to the spirit (and its cousin, mezcal), with an impressive roster of styles and brands available to taste, as well as a great cocktail menu. You can taste the tequila or mezcal in flights, too, which makes for a fun experience.
Address: #2, 2116 – 4th Street SW
Los Chilitos may want to rename their “Drink Menu” to “Tequila and Mezcal Menu,” because, oh, boy, is that ever what it’s all about. Select your favourite for sipping from an impressive menu of bottles, and take them up on their suggestion to pair it with a traditional shot of Sangrita–“a sweet, sour and spicy chaser,” they explain.
Address: 1309 17th Avenue SW
Native Tongues is well-known for their killer tacos, but you’ll also find drinks using mezcal on their cocktail menu. Look for a smoky twist on a classic (with a local nod) in their Mezcalgarita, or their Girl With a Death Mask (Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal, Amaro Montenegro, Hibiscus Serrano, Rose).
Address: 235 12th Avenue SW
Tequila cocktails have a major showing at this elevated modern diner. Not only will you find a Classic Margarita, but a Strawberry Mint version, as well as a La Paloma (made with fresh grapefruit juice and Grizzly Paw Grapefruit Soda, but you’ll also find zippy concoctions like the El Diablo (El Amo Silver Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Crème de Cassis Liqueur, and Boylan’s Ginger Ale) and the fiery Day of the Dead (El Amo Silver Tequila, Angry Sauce, Clamato Juice, Rogue Dead Guy Ale).
Address: 809 1st Avenue NE
It would figure that Calgary’s spot that is all about serious cocktails (and the art of drinking them) has a series of drinks using agave spirits. Look for the menu section called “Jalisco to Oaxaca to start your journey way south of the border, which boasts drinks like a classic Paloma to the intriguing The Mayan (Don Julio Blanco Tequila, New Deal Coffee Liqueur, Pineapple Juice), and more.
Address: 1302 1st Street SW