Incorporating Mezcal Into Your Catering Event

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Tequila is always considered a mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequila. Mezcals tend to have a smokier and fuller flavor than tequila, and there are a few technical differences between the two. Mezcal is produced from the agave plant in the Agavaceae family, and there are over 200 different species of it found in Mexico. Mezcal can be created from over twenty-eight types of agave, and can only be “officially” made in certain cities, such as Oaxaca, Durango, Guerrero and Zacatecas. 

Mezcal is traditionally made by roasting the agave heads in a pit in the ground for around twenty-four hours. Roasting the agave plant is what gives it its distinct full and smoky flavor. The roasted agave heads are then covered by moist agave leaves that are left over from fermentation. Another layer of agave leaves is then put over this moist mixture for around two or three days to ferment. After this mixture of agave has reached maturity during the fermentation process, the remaining liquid is then distilled for a certain period of time. The time duration of the distillation process determines the type of the final mezcal. Various fruits and herbs may also be added during the distillation process that may qualify the mezcal as a different variety such as de gusano, tobalá, pechuga, blanco, minero, cedrón, or creme de café. There are many different varieties of mezcals that have certain flavor qualities- smoky, sweet, herbal, or fuller in body. 

The unique tastes of mezcal make it occasionally more desired (and typically more expensive) than its close cousin, tequila. Different types of mezcal are listed below:


  • Type I: Made with 100% agave.
  • Type II: Made with at least 80% agave and mixed with various ingredients.
  • Mezcal Joven: Typically a mezcal white in color, and not aged for a long period of time (under two months). Some joven mezcals such as Dorado are golden in color due to artificial coloring, but are not aged like reposados or anejos.
  • Mezcal Reposado: Aged in a barrel from two to nine months. Reposados may be made from Type I or Type II mezcals.
  • Mezcal Anejo: Aged in a barrel for a minimum of twelve months. Usually golden in color without artificial coloring. A Type I mezcal anejo is normally aged for over three years.


Mezcals are generally not served as mixed-drinks. They are typically sipped like quality scotches or whiskeys – to be enjoyed at the drinker’s discretion. Occasionally, lemons or limes are served with the mezcal to bring out certain flavors, and it may be served old-fashioned or on the rocks. Mezcal is normally served on its own though, as its smoky and diverse flavors speak for themselves.

Incorporating The Agave Experience Into Your Catering Event

If you enjoy tequila and have yet to experience the different taste of mezcal, it may be fun to incorporate it into your catering event. Planning a catering event based around agave may not be available depending on catering companies around your area, or your price range. If you do research, you may be able to find a catering company experienced in craft cocktails and liquor. 

Incorporating mezcal into your catering event is not only a way to enhance the quality of your event at a modern wedding venue in Glendale, CA at Metropol, but to learn more about mezcal and the different varieties available. Catering events can be fun and informative, and incorporating a mezcal bar is definitely a way to spice things up at your event.

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