Glossary

Abocado is a mezcal somewhat like pechuga in that it is distilled with fruit, usually as a third distillation.  Unlike Pechuga there is no meat included.  This is normally only for the consumption of the family.  Again recipes may be kept within the family.

Añejo has been aged for at least a year.

Banacora is produced in Sonora from one species of agave.

Copita are ceramic drinking bowls that may have been modelled on the Jicara.

Gusano is the worm or moth larvae that is sometimes added to the drink. Some consider it a gimmick but opinions vary. More often used in a salt between drinks.

Jicara was originally half a gourd that was used as a drinking vessel.

Joven is an unaged spirit that accounts for 95% of worldwide consumption.

Maguey is another name for agave.

Mezcal is an Agave spirit produced in 8 Mexican states from about 50 Agave species. While the name is protected against use by others the term is often used to describe any agave spirit.

Pechuga is a special Mezcal that is usually triple distilled with fruit and mostly a chicken or turkey breast.  It is for special occasions such as weddings, funerals or family gatherings.  There are many variations in the recipes with details often not shared.

Piña is the heart of the agave and looks somewhat like a pineapple when trimmed for cooking.

Raicilla comes from the state of Jallisco and four agave species.

Reposado is a spirit that has been rested for between 2 and 12 months.

Tequila is produced from blue agave in 5 Mexican states. The name is protected.

Veladora were originally candle vases used in churches and have a cross in the bottom.