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Try sipping with orange wedges for the real taste of Mexico, or ease into the Mezcal world with a cocktail
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Swishing through the Twin Cities’s Finest Mezcal Cocktails

Explore this sometimes smokey spirit

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Try sipping with orange wedges for the real taste of Mexico, or ease into the Mezcal world with a cocktail
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Mezcal, the Mexican made spirit is having a moment behind bars across the country and there are several local bars serving the good stuff.

Mezcal is a type of agave-derived spirit that’s often confused with tequila. The best way to think about the differences between the two is that all tequilas are mezcals, but not all mezcals are tequilas. The latter is made in a specific region of Mexico and distilled from blue agave only. Mexcals, on the other hand, can be made from a variety of agaves and run the spectrum from herbaceous on to smokey with some caramel-y derivatives peppered in there.

Ready to try this unique Mexican export? Here’s where to go.

Locations are organized from West to East.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

At this newly opened hot spot, visitors can treat themselves to a mezcal old fashioned whipped up by Marco Zappia, recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for food and drink.

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Considering it’s a tequila joint, it’s no surprise that Barrio has a mezcal cocktail. The Up In Smoke pairs it with pineapple juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and some serrano pepper.

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Hai Hai

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This award-winning Northeast outpost has two mezcal cocktails to go along with its Asian street food confections—the Hai Thai and A Life Aquatic.

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Jefe: Urban Hacienda

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Opened in 2016, Jefe brings latin flair to the St. Anthony Main waterfront. Along with the Mexican street food served, there is also a mezcal negroni and a smokey paloma featuring mezcal.

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Centro at Popol Vuh

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This counter-service taco joint has not one but two mezcal cocktails on their list: The spicier Wahaka Flocka and the sweeter Guava Goodness Slushie. There’s also a mezcal on their $22 agave flight that comes with a side of sangria.

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Pajarito

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While the habanero cilantro margarita is most people’s go-to order at Pajarito, the Chino Latino (for which their menu claims to be waiting for a cease and desist alert) mixes mezcal with pink guava and Thai basil syrup.

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La Costa

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At La Costa, their namesake cocktail is the one that features mezcal mixed with fresh lime juice, champagne, and orange liqueur. There are also have seven different mezcals available.

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Colita

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At this newly opened hot spot, visitors can treat themselves to a mezcal old fashioned whipped up by Marco Zappia, recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for food and drink.

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Barrio

Barrio [Official]

Considering it’s a tequila joint, it’s no surprise that Barrio has a mezcal cocktail. The Up In Smoke pairs it with pineapple juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and some serrano pepper.

Barrio [Official]

Hai Hai

Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

This award-winning Northeast outpost has two mezcal cocktails to go along with its Asian street food confections—the Hai Thai and A Life Aquatic.

Kevin Kramer / Eater Twin Cities

Jefe: Urban Hacienda

Jefe/Facebook

Opened in 2016, Jefe brings latin flair to the St. Anthony Main waterfront. Along with the Mexican street food served, there is also a mezcal negroni and a smokey paloma featuring mezcal.

Jefe/Facebook

Centro at Popol Vuh

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

This counter-service taco joint has not one but two mezcal cocktails on their list: The spicier Wahaka Flocka and the sweeter Guava Goodness Slushie. There’s also a mezcal on their $22 agave flight that comes with a side of sangria.

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

Pajarito

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While the habanero cilantro margarita is most people’s go-to order at Pajarito, the Chino Latino (for which their menu claims to be waiting for a cease and desist alert) mixes mezcal with pink guava and Thai basil syrup.

Pajarito/Facebook

La Costa

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At La Costa, their namesake cocktail is the one that features mezcal mixed with fresh lime juice, champagne, and orange liqueur. There are also have seven different mezcals available.

La Costa/Facebook

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