History : The process of making mezcal has not changed much since the Spanish arrived in Mexico in the early 1500's and brought with them distillation technologies. The Aztecs near the mountain top settlement of Monte Alban in Oaxaca had cultivated a certain species of agave plant for juice which they would ferment into what they called pulque. The Spaniards, wanting something much more potent, began to experiment with agave. Mezcal vs. Tequila: Mezcal is made from the agave plant. The agave is also used to make tequila but in a different process. While tequila is made exclusively in the northwestern state of Jalisco, mezcal is exclusive to Oaxaca. Although tequila is most popularly consumed in the margarita, mezcal is almost exclusively served as a shooter, with or without a lick of salt and bite of lime.
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