Majoring in Mezcalogy

Carolyn Alburger | January 16, 2014 | Story Wine and Spirits

La Copa Verde ($10) This grass-green cocktail packs cilantro, chipotle, and roasty mezcal into a beverage that’s complex and balanced. Padrecito, 901 Cole St. (at Carl St.), 415-742-5505

Oaxacan Standoff ($6) This is how they do it in Mexico. Take a little cup of Del Maguey vida accompanied by a shot of sweet- and-savory sangrita. Alternate sips. (Chase with a can of Tecate.) Prizefighter, 6702 Hollis St. (near Folger Ave.), Emeryville

Mezcal Paloma ($9) Freshly squeezed grapefruit makes this a zingy treat—it gets its body from the mezcal’s mesquite note and a touch of bitter Cynar. Nopalito, 306 Broderick St. (near Fell St.), 415-535-3969

The Windshield ($10) At the soon-to-open new location of Loló, American Bulleit rye and Oaxacan Wahaka mezcal make great bedfellows in an old-fashioned glass. Loló, 974 Valencia St. (near 21st St.)

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Originally published in the February issue of San Francisco.

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