Cocktail enthusiasts all over the Lone Star state are proclaiming their allegiance to mezcal. Even spirits traditionalists who prefer a tried-and-true margarita can get on board with this alcohol made, like tequila, from agave. Quite a few drinkeries in Fort Worth stock this smoky spirit. Here are five of the best.
Mexican restaurant with Dallas roots offers five mezcal cocktails (and plenty of margaritas) with, as Wild Salsa puts it, single malt-esque smokiness. Fruit lovers should try a Del Maguey Vida made with banana, or Illegal Joven made with green apple. Options made with honey, chocolate, white pepper, and mesquite make ordering difficult. For crowd-pleasing proportions, get a pitcher of Wild-rita margaritas made with jalapeños and roasted pineapple.
Revolver Taco Lounge
With a lengthy happy hour Tuesday to Saturday, and for Sunday brunch (yes, weekends too), one would be tempted to stick to $4 house margaritas and $2 pastor tacos. But Revolver Taco now serves liquor from Jesús María, Mexico, which it uses for tasty cocktails including one mixed with pineapple and spices. Besides cocktails, a taco-induced food coma would be well-worth the caloric intake at Revolver Taco.
Classic Tex-Mex on the western side of Fort Worth does praise-worthy renditions of all your basics — fajitas, quesadillas, combo plates — and the tortillas are house-made. Their mezcal program is old-school, and includes the Monte Alban label, known for having the actual worm inside. Cocktails such as the Blue Mezcalita, with mezcal, orange liqueur, margarita mix, and blue curacao, are served in big frosted schooner glasses and generously portioned; you get a lot of bang for your buck.
With more than 90 mezcals to choose from, decision fatigue will set in upon reading the Tortaco menu. You can order mezcal by the sip or shot (perfect for big groups wanting to sample Mexico’s finest liquors) or get it mixed in a cocktail. Try Tortaco's take on an old fashioned called Flux, with mezcal reposado, angostura bitters, and simple syrup. Or a Stinky Inky made with mezcal, rum, berry puree, and citrus, which you can order in a frozen version that's almost like a smoothie, or else on the rocks.
Drink specials such as Mojito Monday and Wine Wednesday please the not-so-adventurous drinkers while a modest selection of mezcal offerings tempt the more daring. This unpretentious bar with small bites invites first dates and ladies nights out alike. Try a shot of the illegal mezcal, trust us. The smoky mezcal mule is the perfect cocktail to sip during happy hour or to accompany tacos and sliders.