¿Con qué se toma el mezcal? (cocina mexicana)

What is Mezcal eaten with? (Mexican cuisine)

Mezcal, Mexico's ancient distilled beverage, has gained popularity around the world thanks to its rich nuances and complexities. When enjoying this spirituous drink, the question naturally arises: what foods can we accompany it with to enhance the sensory experience? Here, we'll explore pairing mezcal with a variety of foods, from appetizers to desserts, as well as some drink options that perfectly complement this gem of Mexican "destilados".

Starters: Guacamole and totopos

Beginning a mezcal experience with a classic Mexican starter is a wise choice. The fresh and well-seasoned guacamole, accompanied by crunchy tortilla chips, provides a combination of textures and flavors that balance perfectly with the complexity of the mezcal. The creaminess of the avocado contrasts wonderfully with the strength of the drink.

Main dishes: pork tacos and mole poblano

For the main course, nothing beats the simplicity and exquisiteness of some "tacos de carnitas". The juicy and slightly crispy meat is complemented by the intensity of the mezcal, creating a symphony of flavors on the palate. If you're looking for something more elaborate, mole poblano, with its combination of chocolate, chiles and spices, offers a unique culinary experience that harmonizes surprisingly well with the smoky notes of mezcal.

Cheeses: Oaxaca cheese and aged cheese

Mexican cheeses, such as Oaxaca cheese and aged cheese, are ideal options to accompany mezcal. The softness and creaminess of the Oaxaca cheese is balanced by the intensity of the drink, while the aged cheese, with its more robust flavor, creates an interesting combination of contrasts. Serve the cheeses with fresh fruits, such as grapes or figs, to add another dimension of flavors.

Desserts: tres leches and Mexican chocolate

The perfect ending to a mezcal dining experience is a sweet and creamy dessert. A tres leches cake, soaked in a blend of three types of milk, provides a delicious contrast to the complexity of mezcal. Also, Mexican chocolate with its notes of spices such as cinnamon and chilies, merges harmoniously with the richness of the drink.

Accompanying drinks: Craft beer and hibiscus water

While mezcal can shine on its own, a few additional drinks can enhance the experience even more. A Mexican craft beer, with its unique flavor profiles, can offer a refreshing counterpoint to the potent character of mezcal. On the other hand, hibiscus water, with its light and somehow acid flavor, acts as a refreshing companion that does not overwhelm the complex notes of mezcal.

In conclusion, mezcal is not only a drink to enjoy alone; Its versatility allows you to explore a wide range of flavors when combined with carefully selected foods. Whether with fresh appetizers, traditional main courses, native cheeses, or indulgent desserts, mezcal is the ideal companion for a unique gastronomic experience.

Cheers and bon appetit!

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