For the uninitiated, Cinco de Mayo, which literally translates to fifth of May, celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war in 1862. Now, in case you’re wondering, it’s not the Mexican Independence Day, which falls on September 16.
Nonetheless, a Mexican festival calls for Mexican spirits, but we thought we’ll give the good ol’ tequila a break this year and call in its smokier, lesser-known cousin. With mezcal steadily rising to be the next It spirit to drink, there’s no better time to get better acquainted with the agave spirit.
Here’s a crash course: much like scotch and whisky, tequila is a type of mezcal, but not all mezcal is a tequila. More specifically, mezcal can be made from any type of agave, but the regulations for tequila is that it may only be made from the blue weber agave plant.The smoky and vegetal notes from mezcal goes hand-in-hand with the bright flavours of cucumber and elderflower in this long and refreshing drink. Where to find the spirit? EC Proof on Hongkong Street or La Maison du Whisky’s Boutique on Robertson Quay stock good bottles, which you can use for this boozy thirst-quencher.
30ml elderflower cordial*
30ml fresh cucumber juice
20ml fresh lime juice
1. Build all ingredients over loads of ice in a tall glass
2. Top with soda water
3. Garnish with slices of cucumber
*We recommend Bottle Green