Definition of mescal in English:


Syllabification: mes·cal
Pronunciation: /meˈskal, mə-


  • 1 another term for maguey.
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    • Olson also encouraged operators to treat spirits as food and to expand the ultra-premium shelf with such offerings as single village mescals and single vineyard Cognacs.
    • The only problem with that story is they didn't start putting the worm in the mescal until 1950, when they had much more scientific ways of testing if a liquor was up to par.
    • But still, the rent must be paid and the mescal must be bought.
  • 1.1An intoxicating liquor distilled from the sap of an agave. Compare with tequila, pulque.
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    • As an accompaniment, mescal is the Oaxacan liquor of choice.
    • This reminded one student of the maguey, and he enthusiastically described to the class the process of making mescal and tequila from that cactus plant.
    • In the 1870s several mescal distillers around the town of Tequila in the central Mexican state of Jalisco began making a superior version of the product.


early 18th century: from Spanish mezcal, from Nahuatl mexcalli.

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