Tequila vs Mezcal

Tequila vs Mezcal

Though Tequila and mezcal contrast in many ways, they share a common origin in the heart of the agave. From this remarkable plant, the people of Mexico derive their two national spirits, each one with its own qualities and nuances. This page explores the differences and similarities of these two great drinks, covering a range of styles from traditional blanco Tequilas and mezcals to more modern reposados and añejos.

What is the difference between

Tequila and mezcal?

Mezcal is the wider term for Mexican spirits distilled from the fermented juice of the agave plant. Tequila is one type of mezcal, made using only blue Weber agave in the state of Jalisco - where the vast majority of Tequila is made - and certain designated areas elsewhere in the country. These twin spirits vary enormously, sharing numerous commonalities as well as points of difference. Broadly speaking it can be useful to think of Tequila as cleaner and more refined, while mezcal is often more rustic in style with a pronounced smokiness.

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The Perfect Margarita

The diverse range of flavours found in agave spirits has made them a gift for bartenders the world over. Of the countless recipes inspired by Tequila and mezcal over the years, one towers above all others, the iconic Margarita. This canonical cocktail was first made by Mexican bartenders in the early 20th century and remains little-changed to this day.


  • 50ml Your favourite Tequila or mezcal
  • 20ml Orange liqueur
  • 20ml Lime juice
  • Sea salt

How to:

Run a lime wedge around the top of a cocktail glass or tumbler. Roll it in flaky sea salt to get a good layer on the outside of the glass.

Shake your choice of Tequila or mezcal, orange liqueur, and lime juice with plenty of ice until it's good and cold. Strain it into your glass and serve - Margaritas are equally good served in cocktail glass or on the rocks, it’s really just a matter of preference.