Mezcal Moods

As we look ahead to a month of thrills, chills, and tasty autumnal treats, we can’t help but think of the old proverb: “Tequila is to wake the living. Mezcal is to wake the dead.” But there’s no reason to worry—cracking open a bottle of October’s featured spirit will not result in a series of…

Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition

At the end of each year, amidst a sea of annual recap editorials, restaurant industry insiders and members of the media come together to forecast the trends they envision taking hold in the year ahead. The continued expansion of food courts, fast-casual spots, oat milk, plant-based proteins, and phone-free dining were just some of their…

Celebrate Mezcal

There’s not a celebration in the world that has the look, feel, and flavors of Mexican Independence Day—a loud and proud party full of colorful decor, irresistible food, romantic mariachi music, and delicious drinks. Since its day of triumph on September 16, 1810, Mexico has adapted international influences from its past while developing a rich…

Behind the Red Devil 2.0

We sat down with Jules Mavromatis to get the story behind the Red Devil 2.0! S&S: How have your time in the fields and highlands of Jesús María—seeing the whole mezcal production process from start to finish—and your further travels in Oaxaca influenced your work? JM: Now when I’m pouring mezcal or tequila into the glass, whether…

Behind the Guatemalan Poker Game

We sat down with Russell Davis to get the story behind his cocktail for October’s ¡Viva Mezcal! Box, the Guatemalan Poker Game! S&S: Russell, what would you say makes this drink unique? RD: I wanted to create a cocktail that would present mezcal in an “easy to swallow” (pun intended) way, with flavors that are complementary. A…