A toast to Mexico's most important drinks: Tequila and mezcal
There’s a lot of confusion between tequila and mezcal, and understandably so. There are so many kinds of tequila and mezcal that Mexico City has a whole museum dedicated to the types of varieties available: The Museum of Tequila and Mezcal located in Plaza Garibaldi. Simply put, tequila is actually a subset of mezcal because it's made only from blue agave, and is produced in five regions: Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Mezcal can be made from upwards of 30 varieties of agave, and is produced in 9 regions: Oaxaca (produces 85% of mezcales), Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Michoacan, and Puebla.
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