Definition of mescal in English:

mescal

Pronunciation /ˈmɛskal//mɛˈskal/

noun

  • 1An agave plant, especially one of a type used to make alcoholic drinks.

    Also called maguey
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He watches the effect of the mescal on Linda, how she is deteriorating, and he hates Popé more and more.’
    • ‘But still, the rent must be paid and the mescal must be bought.’
    • ‘For one thing, Popé brings his mother mescal, which keeps her drugged and unapproachable, then leaves her sick.’
    • ‘Appropriately, the cast dispenses tequila at the end - Tropicana is a mescal worm amid too much theatrical cheese and wine.’
    • ‘In certain parts of the world mescal is called the Devil's Urine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When cooked, the mescal is a fibrous, sticky, syrupy substance with a flavor similar to molasses.’
    • ‘After I left him on the tiles with my mescal, I ran and prayed for luck with keys.’
    • ‘With a small cry, she tore at his clothes, pushed down his jeans and proved that the mescal worm was the luckiest bug in history.’
    1. 1.1mass noun An alcoholic drink distilled from the sap of an agave.
      Compare with tequila, pulque
      • ‘As an accompaniment, mescal is the Oaxacan liquor of choice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Staggering about out of your head is not, I assure you, quite the same as being manically inspired by mescal.’
      • ‘She grinned through an ash-blond blur of beer and mescal, giggling against his shoulder.’
      • ‘Treviño's seminar includes a candid discussion of good and bad tequilas and a comparison with mescal, a sister beverage (but, unlike tequila, made from more than one type agave).’
      • ‘Speaking to Weiner is a bit like dosing up on espresso and mescal.’
      • ‘Fair Trade products now include sugar, mescal and even soccer balls.’
      • ‘Effective February 10, no longer will distillers be able to add worms, fruit, nor herbs to bottles of their mescal liquor.’
      • ‘If you think the worm in bottle of mescal is strange, you really should have a talk with Jerry.’
      • ‘As the story goes, gangster Al Capone smuggled mescal across the border and stayed in the village's first permanent rock structure, the Marine Club, a casino in Old Port.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cheap, raw mescal, the stuff you could get for three bucks a bottle on the warmer side of the border.’
      • ‘The indigenous peoples of central America produced a wine from the agave plant which they called mescal.’
      • ‘Apropos of nothing, let me ask you this: is there a decent cocktail that can be made with mescal?’
      • ‘The roasted bola could also be left to ferment, yielding a mildly alcoholic drink known as mescal crudo.’
      • ‘Vargas plays Death, singing in a man's suit in a barroom with a bottle of mescal.’
      • ‘If the old woman's house in the wilderness is heaven, then a nearby village where the man goes to get drunk on mescal is a kind of hell.’
      • ‘Oaxacan cuisine is arguably Mexico's finest, with treats including moles, tamales, rich chocolate - and mescal to wash it all down.’
      • ‘In a ramshackle home-cum-studio, he drinks mescal, enjoys Mexican movies and radio, and avoids people and painting.’
      • ‘We come back and they're ordering shots of mescal - 10 for $10.’
  • 2

    another term for peyote

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mescal

/ˈmɛskal//mɛˈskal/