At this years Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans i went to the mezcal tasting on the sunday. There was a new product there from Del Maguey to try which is their latest addition of single village mezcals, – the Vida.
Vida is primarily made for mixing, but it sips well and was made to be more affordable yet still made with premium handcrafted spirits and is produced without any chemicals or colorings and is distilled twice. Its made together with Paciano Cruz Nolasco who produces one of my favorites in the Del Maguey range, the San Luis del Rio, which – you also can find in the Crema which is the one i like the most.
Vida is produced exactly like it has been since 400 years according to the local tradition using small-batch distillation with only the agave heart and water in the mezcal, nothing else.
You`ll find all kinda flavors in this – honey and fruit, vanilla and roast agave…its smoky and spicy, sweet and sour.
OK, i think its time to mix something up..
And with these two drinks i`m trying to capture the summer and make it stay for just a little more…ignoring the cold temps outside…with that gentle little touch of smoke that you get from premium mezcals.
1 oz Del Maguey Vida
1 oz green chartreuse
1 oz fresh pink grapefruit juice
0.5 oz fresh lime
0.5 oz Trader Tiki`s vanilla syrup
2 dashes Trader Tiki`s falernum bitters
Add ingredients to a glass full of crushed ice. Swizzle until the glass frost on the outside and garnish with a lime rose.
Some of you can most likely easily see that this is a riff on the Mixohaus chartreuse swizzle…a drink i have added to my regular rotation since this summer in Nola.
1 oz Del Maguey Vida
1 oz Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
0.25 oz sugar cane syrup (Petit Canne)
2 dashes Bittermen`s grapefruit bitters
2-3 dashes Bittermen`s Xocolatl Mole bitters
Top with Ting
Lime for garnish
Shake all ingredients except Ting with ice and strain into a glass with crushed ice. Top up with Ting and garnish with a spiraled lime.
If you can`t find Ting, use another grapefruit soda or use half fresh grapefruit juice and soda.
How to make a spiraled lime:
Stick bamboo skewer through the lime from top to bottom. Then cut around the lime in a spiraled manner from top to the bottom and all the way in to the stick. Take out the skewer and carefully stretch out the spiraled lime a bit before placing it in the glass.
I think Vida is an excellent mezcal and i liked to mix it with the crema which adds a little bit extra creamy sweetness…
You can read more about Del Maguey mezcal here.