Mezcalite amplia sus opciones, mezcal y fruta ahora en paletas
From the combination of mezcal and fruits that were Gustavo Ricoy’s grandfather’s invention, Sr. Gustavo Pensamiento, began a great family tradition that continues to grow to this day. Ricoy says that his grandfather was very intelligent in trying to introduce women into the world of mezcal, which was sometimes rejected for being very strong. He prepared to reduce the alcohol in the drink with skins of fruit, pulp and maguey honey, making the experience a lot more pleasurable. To his surprise, his product began to be in high demand, and not only for a female audience, but among all his relatives and friends.
Ricoy and his wife, Ara Palacios, decided to recover these family recipes, recipes that added up to more than fifty combinations, and in turn, to add novelties such as tamarind, passion fruit and grated lemon to this range of flavors. Thus was born Mezcalite.
Ara also comes from a mescal producing family. They use the Espadin that her uncle, Cuauhtémoc Aguilar Chagoya, provides them from his plantations in the valley of Tlacolula, Tanivet to be more precise, and it is distilled in the town of Tlacolula or in San Luis del Rio.
Mr. Aguilar is a psychologist by profession, but from a very young age dedicated himself to the planting of agaves and gives a lot of his time to the cultivation of his 80 hectares. Walking with him for sowing, one is able to learn at every step. He goes leaf by leaf, discarding those which are withering or yellowing “but spreading the damage across the plant”; he reviews the varieties of wild agaves with which he works, understanding the cycles of each type: madre cuish, jabali, tepeztate, tobalá, arroqueño, and cirial, among others.
While walking, he explains that there are three different types of maguey propagation. The first one is the easiest. The hijuelos, the young at the foot of the large plants, are transplanted and allowed to grow from 10cm to 15cm before being moved to a nursery. The disadvantage is that there are very few seedlings and they bring the same chronological age of the parent plant, that is, they can be weakened due to the characteristics of the old mother plant. The second system is through the `quiote`: the seedlings germinate in the flowers of the maguey and are plants that are recognized as new. The disadvantage is that cones are lost, but it is a sacrifice that can leave up to more than 500 small shoots. And the third way is through the use of seeds, but this has not had much success with Espadines: it is very difficult to germinate the seeds. On the other hand with the tepeztate agave, they have been able to reproduce it well because their natural system of propagation is the seed. These are more fertile and are germinate with greater ease.
It is also interesting to find milpas among the furrows of the sown agaves. This helps to contribute nutrients to the land, in addition allowing for the harvesting of corn, pumpkins, chickpeas and beans. Cuautémoc lets his psychologist´s manner come out in each description: he is meticulous, precise, observant, knowledgeable and patient. This is how he obtains a high-quality raw material that has been cared for at every stage of its life, and with the least environmental impact. In fact, he reforests the lands he owns and those that surround them, seeking to alleviate the deforestation caused by mezcal, and even tequila, exploitation.
These three characters now make up a family brand that, beyond a bottle of environmentally-friendly mezcal that is combined with selected fruits and rested for more than eight months, is complemented by the curiosity of the young Gustavo and Ara, who have tried since 2014 to freeze this mixture, play with it, and form a new line of ice-lollies with mezcal. Since that time they have managed to conquer markets outside Oaxaca: they are in the Riviera Maya, in Mérida, Monterrey and Puebla, and now, in August, they opened the first store in the center of the Oaxacan capital, Mezcalite POP. They give their creations names that cause smiles, such as: Coco Channel, Maracujackson, Limonica Lewinsky, Matchayanne, and this September they will offer the patriotic tricolor pallet making a flag with a green band of grated lemon skin, the white horchata and the hibiscus red. They also offer services for private events where they entertain and refresh the guests with their range of flavors, and can even personalize each stick with a name or word that is requested.
Address: Porfirio Díaz 404, Col. Centro, Oaxaca.
Facebook: Mezcalite and Mezcalite POP
Frederick J. Silva