The Best Agave Alternatives to Tequila
Because of their intricate flavours, extensive origins, and adaptability in cocktails, agave spirits, a distinctive component of Mexican heritage, have gained international prominence in recent years. A distillate made from the agave plant after they have been cooked, crushed, fermented. We have chosen 7 of our favourite bottles of Mezcal, Sotol and Raicilla from the pioneering range here at Amathus Drinks.
Los Siete Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal 70cl
Los Siete Misterios means translated "The seven mysteries". Distilled with only 100% natural agave sugars that come from mature plants.
Inspired by the land, legends and mysteries of Mexico, Los Siete Misterios was established in 2010 with only one objective in mind, to produce mezcals indicative of this great country’s rich cultural heritage and traditions.
Our cocktail recomendation: Mezcal Margarita
Jucie of two limes
25ml triple sec
Teaspoon agave syrup
Rim glasses with lime and salt. Add mezcal, triple sec, syrup, lime and ice to a shaker. Strain into glasses.
Hacienda De Chihuahua Sotol Plata 70cl
Sotol is a rare spirit made from the Desert Spoon plant in Mexico. Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol Plata is made from 100% Dasylirion plants entirely wild-harvested in northern Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert.
This Sotol is clean and crisp and is match made for any Tequila.
Our cocktail recomendation: Sotol Swizzle
25ml pineapple syrup
25ml lime juice
Two dashes angostura bitters
Add crushed ice to a tall glass. Add sotol, syrup, lime and stir. Add bitter and mint.
Los Danzantes Añejo Mezcal 70cl
Los Danzantes philosophy is grounded in safeguarding the traditions of artisanal mezcal production.
Los Danzantes is also a restaurant group that owns the famous mezcaleria - Corazon de Maguey ("heart of the maguey") - in the bustling neighbourhood of Coyoacan, Mexico City. Full of characterful notes of toasted oak, vanilla and coconut.
Our cocktail recomendation: Mezcal Old Fashioned
5ml simple syrup
Dash of bitters
Strip orange peel
Add mezcal, syrup and bitters to an old fashioned glass. Add large ice cubes and stir.
Alipús Santa Ana Del Rio Mezcal 70cl
Produced by the Hernández Melchor family since 2001 using traditional methods including an earth oven, stone mill and wooden fermentation tanks. Alipus is Los Danzantes' artisan, single-site Mezcal range.
Santa Ana del Río comes from agave grown at 1,350-1,500m above sea level, giving crisp acidity, pineapple, menthol and mineral flavours.
Our cocktail recomendation: Mezcal Mule
5ml lime juice
5ml ginger jucie
5ml agave syrup
50ml sparkling water
Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Place crushed ice into copper mule mug, strain other ingredients into the glass.
La Venenosa Sur Raicilla 70cl
Raicilla is made from the a wider range of agave plants compared to tequila and it is roasted rather than steamed leading to a fruitier spirit.
This excellent Raicilla from La Venenosa is distilled in Jalisco, Mexico, and the Espadin agave is cooked in a traditional earthen oven. This is an expression full of sweet honey notes, as well as rich smoke, berries and peaches.
Our cocktail recomendation: Killer Bee
25ml lemon juice
50ml sparkling water
Loosen honey with water. Add raicilla, honey, lemon juice and ice to a shaker. Strain into ice filled tall glass.
Encantado Mezcal Artesanal 70cl
100% Espadn agave is used to make Encantado Mezcal Artesanal, which is a delicious introduction to mezcal. The agave is baked and mashed before the juice is fermented and distilled.
It has the traditional smokiness of a bonfire, the aged leather, and vegetal agave flavours without the rugged strength of many mezcals.
Our cocktail recomendation: Mezcal Negroni
25ml sweet vermouth
Mix all the ingredients with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange peel.
Jaral De Berrio Mezcal 70cl
Jaral de Berrio Mezcal, from the Hacienda de Jaral de Berrio in San Felipe Torres Mochas, Guanajuato, is a mezcal with a difference: the agave - 100% Salmiana - is steamed rather than smoked.
This means that Jaral de Berrio is marked by the agave's natural vegetal aromatics, coupled with a freshness from being grown at over 2,000 metres above sea level.
Our cocktail recomendation: Paloma
50ml grapefruit juice
25ml lime juice
10ml jalapeño simple syrup
Splash soda water
Salt & chipotle powder
Rim glass with Salt & chipotle powder. Add mezcal, grapefruit, lime juice, simple syrup and ice to a tall glass. Stir and top with soda.