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Napoleon's Loss from 1534

An allusion to the former French empire's withdrawal from Mexico and all its agave splendor, Napoleon's Loss is your gain in this cocktail from New York's 1534: tequila, lemon and ginger-agave syrup with a little mezcal on top. More

Beloved's Allsorts Inc.

A tribute to bar builders Allsorts Inc. and their liquid namesake, a hodgepodge of beer, this agave-based cocktail from Beloved in Greenpoint, Brooklyn mixes mezcal, tequila, pear eau de vie, and Velvet Falernum for a lightly citric baked-fruit flavor. It's grassy, sweet, fruity, plus a little bit spicy and sour all at once. More

No. 8

The Kings Ginger helps emphasize the delicately earthy flavor of unsmoked Fidencio mezcal in this refreshing spin on the Paloma from John John McCarthy of Whitehall and Mary Queen of Scots in NYC. More

The McQueen

McCarthy affectionately refers to this one as the "Smoky Smoky," although by my count, you could tack on a few more iterations—smoky smoky smoky? Scotch and Fidencio mezcal blend with dark agave and orange and chocolate bitters, with a spritz of hyper-smoky Ardbeg 10-year, plus a mighty twist of flamed grapefruit. More

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