Definition of mescal in English:

mescal

Pronunciation: /meˈskal//məˈskal/

noun

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

    Also called maguey
    • ‘When cooked, the mescal is a fibrous, sticky, syrupy substance with a flavor similar to molasses.’
    • ‘He watches the effect of the mescal on Linda, how she is deteriorating, and he hates Popé more and more.’
    • ‘In certain parts of the world mescal is called the Devil's Urine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Appropriately, the cast dispenses tequila at the end - Tropicana is a mescal worm amid too much theatrical cheese and wine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After I left him on the tiles with my mescal, I ran and prayed for luck with keys.’
    1. 1.1 An alcoholic spirit distilled from the sap of an agave.
      Compare with tequila, pulque
      • ‘Apropos of nothing, let me ask you this: is there a decent cocktail that can be made with mescal?’
      • ‘As an accompaniment, mescal is the Oaxacan liquor of choice.’
      • ‘We come back and they're ordering shots of mescal - 10 for $10.’
      • ‘In a ramshackle home-cum-studio, he drinks mescal, enjoys Mexican movies and radio, and avoids people and painting.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Fair Trade products now include sugar, mescal and even soccer balls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vargas plays Death, singing in a man's suit in a barroom with a bottle of mescal.’
      • ‘Staggering about out of your head is not, I assure you, quite the same as being manically inspired by mescal.’
      • ‘Speaking to Weiner is a bit like dosing up on espresso and mescal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cheap, raw mescal, the stuff you could get for three bucks a bottle on the warmer side of the border.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Effective February 10, no longer will distillers be able to add worms, fruit, nor herbs to bottles of their mescal liquor.’
      • ‘Oaxacan cuisine is arguably Mexico's finest, with treats including moles, tamales, rich chocolate - and mescal to wash it all down.’
      • ‘The indigenous peoples of central America produced a wine from the agave plant which they called 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.’
      • ‘She grinned through an ash-blond blur of beer and mescal, giggling against his shoulder.’
  • 2

    another term for peyote

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mescal

/meˈskal//məˈskal/