Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Back to photo galleries

Making Mezcal In Mexico

An unexpected rise in the popularity of a relatively undiscovered traditional indigenous drink is bringing some people home to a remote village in southern Mexico.

Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer, on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.

Pedro Quintanilla, center, watches his business partner Alejandro Martinez Grey sipping mezcal through a siphon. The mezcalero, or mezcal producer, on the right has just just finished distilling the mezcal.

Published on December 10, 2012

The agave plant prior to being crushed into a mash which is then fermented and distilled.

The agave plant prior to being crushed into a mash which is then fermented and distilled.

Published on December 10, 2012

A mezcal producer lifts crushed agave fibers into a wheelbarrow. The mash is then fermented.

A mezcal producer lifts crushed agave fibers into a wheelbarrow. The mash is then fermented.

Published on December 10, 2012

Distilled mezcal is filtered into a storage drum.

Distilled mezcal is filtered into a storage drum.

Published on December 10, 2012

A mezcalero, or mezcal producer, stands beside a fire that heats the still where the mezcal is made.

A mezcalero, or mezcal producer, stands beside a fire that heats the still where the mezcal is made.

Published on December 10, 2012

A boy stands beside his family’s still in San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca. Behind him, buyers and village producers sample artisanal mezcal.

A boy stands beside his family’s still in San Luis del Rio, Oaxaca. Behind him, buyers and village producers sample artisanal mezcal.

Published on December 10, 2012

Forgot your password?