Get Your Mezcal Fix at Tenangos in Cabo

In Dine, Los Cabos by Suzanne Koch

Tenangos, located at The Shoppes at Palmilla, is a haven for fresh Mexican food and killer views. Its beverage offerings however, are right on par with the authentic cuisine and Baja sights. In fact, it’s one of the best spots to find an extensive offering of mezcal, the close relative of the widely-popular tequila.

Chef Liana, head of Tenangos restaurant, was the first in Cabo to collaborate with the Oaxaca government to promote the drink outside of the estate. Sometimes confused with tequila for its obvious similarities, the difference between the two includes production methods and types of agave plants. Tequila can only be produced from the blue agave plant while mezcal can be made from a variety of agaves, including the blue agave. Another common confusion among many is the “worm” inside of mezcal. A mezcal worm is actually an insect larva found in some types of mezcal, but never inside of a true tequila. The larva is usually either a red worm or “guano rojo,” or a maguey worm or “chinicuil,” which is the caterpillar of the hypopta agavis moth.


Along with an expansive offering of tequilas at Tenangos, the restaurant pours up 50 brands of mezcal that guests can sip and savor all night long. Mezcal, though traditionally intended to drink straight, is featured in an array of cocktails at Tenangos for guests to enjoy. Visit Tenangos Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m. and enjoy 2 x 1 cocktails. See below for its enticing mezcal cocktail offerings.

  • Mezcalita: a mezcal take on a traditional margarita
  • Mezcal Mixology
  • Chapulin
  • Berry Mezcal Mojito
  • Strawberry Mezcalnut: coconut, strawberry and mezcal
  • Wattermezcal: mezcal and watermelon


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