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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.

1. Colita

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5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 886-1606
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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.

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2. Barrio

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925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-9953
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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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3. Hai Hai

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2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 223-8640
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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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4. Jefe: Urban Hacienda

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219 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 255-2000
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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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5. Centro at Popol Vuh

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1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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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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6. Pajarito

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605 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 340-9545
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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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7. La Costa

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194 Cesar Chavez St
St Paul, MN 55107
(651) 330-8743
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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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1. Colita

5400 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

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.

5400 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

2. Barrio

925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
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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.

925 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

3. Hai Hai

2121 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
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.

2121 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

4. Jefe: Urban Hacienda

219 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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.

219 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. Centro at Popol Vuh

1414 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
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.

1414 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Pajarito

605 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Pajarito/Facebook

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.

605 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

7. La Costa

194 Cesar Chavez St, St Paul, MN 55107
La Costa/Facebook

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.

194 Cesar Chavez St
St Paul, MN 55107

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