When first arriving in Mexico, “¿Has probado mezcal?” was an almost-daily question.  ”Tried mezcal?  I don’t even know what that is…” I’d replied (en español of course).  Turns out, mezcal is alcohol that is made from fermented agave and it’s all the rage in Mexico.  Who would have guessed?  On my last Monday of class, the student group made a trip to the local mezcalería to see the production process.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see anything because the hurricane left the fábrica in rough shape.  Regardless, I took pictures, so here they are.

“You are welcomed to your mescal factory.”

Bottles of mezcal at the fábrica.  These were to sample before purchasing (no thanks).

Another bottle that I thought looked cool.

Want: wooden ladder with a plant growing up it.

Handstanding > mezcal.  And I’m wearing my bikini under that dress, so I didn’t flash anyone driving by…no worries.

These chairs were arranged so oddly that it almost looked intentional.

Traditional kitchen.

On the wall in the mezcalería.  This image is everywhere though: in the taxis hanging from the mirror, on the walls of buildings, in homes, etc.

Luna + sol en el mezcalería.

The popular saying about mescal.  ”For everything bad…mescal.  For everything good…as well.  And as a remedy, a liter and a half.”

When walking in the Adoquín, we came across a store with an assortment of food/beverages that are traditional to Oaxaca.  Just as we passed by, the owners were beginning a 30-minute sampling session of mescal and a couple of other Oaxacan culinary staples.  Needless to say, it was Kelly’s lucky day.  Here is a picture of her sampling one of the many types of mescal.

Through the lips and over the gums, look out stomach here it comes… yeah, I ate chapulines aka grasshoppers.  Not bad, not bad.

Bate, bate, chocolaté!  Making chocolate oaxaqueña, which is more or less the traditional hot chocolate of Oaxaca.  It is usually paired with pan dulce, or sweet bread, which only costs about $3 (pesos) for quite a large piece.

Hand-painted bottles of mescal.

Crema de mescal.  Kind of like Bailey’s but mescal style.

Making chocolate oaxaqueña continues.

Mezcal + scorpion.

The front of the bottle.

Zoe and I sampling mescal.  Although I didn’t like the taste, I tried a variety of flavors because I think it’s important to be adventurous with food and drinks when traveling.  In addition to people, architecture, music, and whatever else we decided to explore, we couldn’t fully experience the culture of the state of Oaxaca without trying Oaxacan food and drinks like mescal, tlayudas, pozole, etc. The food is delicious, but I’ll leave the alcohol for someone else. On another note, I wish I had a picture of my face after drinking the contents of that cup because it would be much more entertaining than this one.

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