Weekend Sip: Just in time for Cinco de Mayo: Five tequilas and mezcals worth trying

by | May 4, 2023 | Stock Market

We’re coming up on Cinco de Mayo, the day that commemorates a significant Mexican military victory. But it’s also a day that has become something of an international celebration of all things Mexican. And that naturally includes the country’s signature sip — tequila (and by extension, mezcal, its smokier-tasting cousin).

The thirst for these agave-based spirits among Americans has grown substantially. Tequila and mezcal constituted a $6 billion market in the U.S. in 2022, based on supplier revenue, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Two decades ago, that market was less than $1 billion. These days, consumers have more than their fair share of tequilas and mezcals to choose from (and by the way, tequila is itself a type of mezcal — though it’s generally referred to as its own category). There are different varieties based on how long the spirit has been aged (blanco is the youngest, extra añejo the oldest). There are celebrity-backed brands. And there are tequila-based ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages. Weekend Sip surveyed the tequila and mezcal landscape to find five (as in cinco) newer or noteworthy options. Here are our picks — just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The charitable tequila: Alma del Jaguar ($49.99-$59.99) is a tequila sourced from a famed Mexican distillery and is crafted using time-honored methods, but it’s about more th …

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