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Mezcal is a related drink and is the older form of the name for tequila as well. The name for the product made in Jalisco state was adopted in the late 19th century. Technically, all tequilas are mezcals, which were also known as mezcal wines and mezcal brandies before the name tequila became common. Today they are distinct products, differentiated by production process and taste, much the same way rye whisky and Scotch whisky differ. Most mezcal is made in Oaxaca state today.
Reposado means rested and is the first definitive level of aging. Reposado tequilas have been aged from two to twelve months in wood tanks which imparts flavor and color to the tequila. Reposado tequila is often labeled and referred to as gold tequila.
It is the pursuit of this pallid flame, of the crisp, clear fire it burns within us, that makes us lift the glass of tequila to our lips and to savour the rare fragrance it imparts.
The basic margarita contains:
Cointreau (or another orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
and of course, tequila;
2 oz Tequila
4 oz Orange juice
2 dashes (3/4 oz) Grenadine
1½ oz. tequila
½ oz. triple sec
1 splash cranberry juice
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