Our friends from m ss ng p eces recently returned from making a video in Mexico City with bottles of a smoky, complex mezcal labeled "La Botica." Turns out La Botica is a small mezcaleria in the trendy Condesa section of the city that's rebranding the humble liquor for a new audience with beautifully-designed packaging and an artisinal approach. Since opening a couple years ago, La Botica has opened four more branches in Mexico City.
Playing on the name La Botica (Spanish for Chemist or Pharmacy), the bar features walls lined with the diminutive bottles that themselves look like bottles of medicine. Available in 20 varieties, the one I tried was the añejo (aged) but other varieties include pechuga (a traditional method that's distilled with a vaporized chicken breast to balance out fruit flavors) and cremas, which are more like liqueurs.
Photos courtesy of Eduardo Towers Veytia.