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…

Behind the Señor Rojo

We sat down with Sam Jimenez to chat about his work, Mexico, mezcal, and his drink for September’s Celebrate Mezcal Box, the Señor Rojo! S&S: In what ways does the Señor Rojo represent the flavors of Oaxaca? SJ: Señor Rojo is a cocktail that assimilates boldness, spices, citrus, smokiness, and flavor. To me that’s part of…

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…

A Passage to Chandrapore

To celebrate National Tequila Day, here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. A Passage to Chandrapore Chandrapore is a fictional city in the novel A Passage to India, referring to Indian spices cumin, turmeric, cardamom used…

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…

¡Viva Mezcal!

For the longest time, tequila was the most well-known and ubiquitous agave-based spirit in the US. But these days, craft cocktail menus proudly announce mezcal offerings and mezcal-devoted bars increasingly dot urban landscapes. So we thought, if you haven’t tried mezcal yet, it’s time to see what all the hype is about—while you can! Unfortunately,…

Meet the Trouble Makers Behind Critter Bitters

We chatted with Julia Plevin and Lucy Knops, co-founders of Critter Bitters. They say that though cocktails won’t save the world, eating bugs might. S&S: We’re so excited to include your product in our ¡Viva Mezcal! Box! Our first question for you has to be: what inspired you to create bitters infused with toasted crickets, and how does…

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…