Definition of mescal in English:

mescal

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.’
    • ‘In certain parts of the world mescal is called the Devil's Urine.’
    • ‘For one thing, Popé brings his mother mescal, which keeps her drugged and unapproachable, then leaves her sick.’
    • ‘But still, the rent must be paid and the mescal must be bought.’
    • ‘When cooked, the mescal is a fibrous, sticky, syrupy substance with a flavor similar to molasses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After I left him on the tiles with my mescal, I ran and prayed for luck with keys.’
    • ‘Appropriately, the cast dispenses tequila at the end - Tropicana is a mescal worm amid too much theatrical cheese and wine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He watches the effect of the mescal on Linda, how she is deteriorating, and he hates Popé more and more.’
    1. 1.1 An alcoholic spirit distilled from the sap of an agave.
      Compare with tequila, pulque
      • ‘We come back and they're ordering shots of mescal - 10 for $10.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Oaxacan cuisine is arguably Mexico's finest, with treats including moles, tamales, rich chocolate - and mescal to wash it all down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a ramshackle home-cum-studio, he drinks mescal, enjoys Mexican movies and radio, and avoids people and painting.’
      • ‘Effective February 10, no longer will distillers be able to add worms, fruit, nor herbs to bottles of their mescal liquor.’
      • ‘As an accompaniment, mescal is the Oaxacan liquor of choice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fair Trade products now include sugar, mescal and even soccer balls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you think the worm in bottle of mescal is strange, you really should have a talk with Jerry.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Staggering about out of your head is not, I assure you, quite the same as being manically inspired by mescal.’
      • ‘Cheap, raw mescal, the stuff you could get for three bucks a bottle on the warmer side of the border.’
      • ‘Speaking to Weiner is a bit like dosing up on espresso and mescal.’
      • ‘The indigenous peoples of central America produced a wine from the agave plant which they called mescal.’
      • ‘She grinned through an ash-blond blur of beer and mescal, giggling against his shoulder.’
      • ‘Vargas plays Death, singing in a man's suit in a barroom with a bottle of mescal.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2

    another term for peyote

Origin

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

Pronunciation