Raicilla, Mexican Moonshine
After a day in the jungle, I must have been dazed from one too many rides along the zipline, because when The Wife and I stopped at a little roadside Tequila place last week, I bought two bottles of Los Veranos Raicilla, the Mexican moonshine, a Mescal brother to Tequila but made with green rather than blue agave, and unbelievably raw, untamed, the stuff of nightmares under the volcano.
Tonight, with an appropriate movie on HBO, it seemed only right to crack a bottle and see if it was as bad as I thought I remembered.
It pretty much was.
With the Goodyear tire tang of a bottle-aged Gusano Rojo, and a vitriolic backnote hinting of turpentine, Isopropyl, and Witch Hazel, this is, indeed, a fine drink for when you’re lost in the rain in Juarez, which I’m not, so back in the liquor cabinet it goes, probably forever.