One of my favorite drinks here is called a Mulatto. I have to limit myself to two! It is made of a full shot glass of mezcal, a shot of lime juice, and Coke, all poured over ice. It is definitely a sipping drink!
We have friends back home who also enjoy the occasional shot or two of mezcal and we set out one day to buy a few bottles for presents. We ended up in this nice little shop downtown.
These were the sample bottles and they were more than willing to give you a taste from each one!
Other than in the above described drink, I don't really care for mezcal. But I sure like the varied bottles they come in.
Some, but not all, bottles of mezcal contain a gusano or two, the larvae that feed on the maguey plant, from which mezcal is made. It's interesting to me that mezcal is the only liquor that can official contain a worm. Despite popular folklore, there are no nutritional or aphrodisiac powers contained in the worm. If you eat it, do it only for the pleasure.
Did I say pleasure? Why anybody would want to eat a worm is beyond me. But they do. I talked our salesman into actually eating one so I could photograph it. I about gagged watching him. Again, what I do for my readers!
So here you go! Eating the worm!