Lockdown Liquor partners with Mezcal UniónBy Georgie Collins
Pre-mixed cocktail brand Lockdown Liquor & Co has collaborated with Mezcal Unión to create a bottled cocktail.
The Mezcal Copita is the brand’s debut mezcal-based cocktail, and features a combination of fresh pineapple, Campari, a hit of citrus, and Scrappy’s Grapefruit Bitters, mixed with Mezcal Unión Uno.
The co-founder of Lockdown Liquor & Co, Jack Durling, said: “Two decades ago, mezcal was almost non-existent in the spirits industry. Today, it has established itself as the latest big spirit category to be discovered that shows no signs of slowing down. People may know mezcal as Tequila’s smokey cousin, but ‘smokey’ only scratches the surface of this amazingly artisanal spirit.
“Similar to wine, each bottle reflects the unique terroir of the region where it was distilled, with each producer using their own artisan methods.”
Mezcal Unión Uno is created using a unique blend of Espadin and Cirial stone-crushed agave, which are aged between seven and 14 years.
The use of Cirial agave is said to contribute soft fruit notes and an ‘impressively rich’ flavour.
The brand was acquired by Diageo in 2021.
“Myself and our head mixologist Omar have been exploring a mezcal cocktail for some time, Omar’s Mexican heritage helped us bring justice to this beautiful spirit,” Durling continued.
“Although mezcal is booming, there is a concern mezcal will fall victim to industrial processes to keep up with demand, which would go against the core ethos of the craftsmanship of mezcal. That is why we have partnered with Mezcal Unión who support local producers and farmers with investments in the development of their land, with the intention of increasing their production volume sustainably, always taking care of a 100% artisan process.”
The cocktail is recommended poured over an ice-filled rocks glass, and garnished with a grapefruit peel and smoked salt rim.
Lockdown Liquor & Co Mezcal Copita is available to purchase at lockdown-liquor.com for an RRP of £25 (US$30.54) per 500ml bottle.