|Contigo's bar; photo by Knox Photographics|
One-hundred percent organic Wahaka Mezcal in particular is popping up at places like Takoba, 400 Rabbits and Contigo. Like all mezcals, the varietals come from Mexico (from Oaxaca to be exact, get it?). But in this company’s case, a horse named Paquiau turns a millstone and crushes the plants before the mash is fermented in the open air and then distilled twice. The owners and operators have roots in Austin, which makes these cousins of tequila even more special.
The five distinct mezcals Wahaka produces each highlight the different agave plants, from the sweet, floral Tobalá to the earthy Madre Cuishe. The king of cocktails, though, is the Joven Espadín, whose clean finish works well with other spirits and mixers.