Mezcal, tequila’s darker, smokier brother, is gaining momentum on New York’s mixology scene. The in-demand artisanal spirit is made from the center of the agave plant, the piña, which is cooked in an oven or fire pit (hence its smoky flavor) for several days before being distilled in large vats or barrels. Though mezcal isn’t produced as widely or largely as tequila, there is a growing demand for the spirit in upscale cocktail bars. Here are six spots where you can get acquainted with the smoky spirit.
5. The Kings and Heroes at Ward III is a delightful combination of Ilegal Mezcal Joven and Aperol mixed with cucumber, fresh lime, and agave nectar that gets shaken with an egg white and a dash of ginger beer. It’s the ideal drink for the final days of summer. 111 Reade St., 212-240-9194
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