Kara Newman of Wine Enthusiast writes: "Need a new spirit to pair with chicken? Pechuga mezcal, a traditional spirit of Mexico’s Oaxaca region, could be worth your attention. After all, it’s made with meat.
Pechuga (“breast” in Spanish) is a style of mezcal that involves hanging a piece of raw chicken breast inside the still during distillation. The heat and steam from the process cook the chicken as the spirit distills, killing any harmful bacteria present (no need to worry about salmonella here), allowing the meat’s fat and juices to drip into the mezcal. The finished spirit doesn’t taste like chicken soup, though it can have a savory quality that might remind you of a warming broth.
But what’s notable about pechuga mezcal isn’t the meat, it’s the complex flavor and tradition behind the spirit."
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