Mezcal Amarás: Mezcal might be having its moment, and this import by Anchor Distilling certainly will help convert anyone assuming mezcal is merely tequila’s burlier, brawnier cousin. It’s a joven (young) style made from 100% Espadín agave from Oaxaca. Amarás translates as “you will love,” and that’s not just advertising bluster — think of this as a smooth, sipping tequila with campfire notes (anyone a fan of peaty Islay scotch wants to get this mezcal immediately).
While you can drink it neat (and at $50 retail it asks for such treatment), Amarás subs into margarita recipes brilliantly, the smoky flavor adding depth you might not think a margarita could plumb (assuming you use fresh lime juice and Cointreau, not a cheap triple sec).
Even better, the agave is farmed using sustainable practices, and the brand is working on local nutrition and health education programs, so each sip helps people in Oaxaca.