Telenovelas, Films, Songs Inspire New Fall Cocktails at D.C.s Espita Mezcaleria

Fall is here, and it feels safe to say that many of us have come to look forward to the inevitable cocktail flavor shift that accompanies the changing of the seasons. The Fall-inspired mixologist’s menu we’ll talk about here, is coming to a restaurant near you.

That is, if you happen to reside within a stone’s throw of Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood.

Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant Espita Mezcaleria is pleased to announce the debut of eight new Autumn-themed cocktails crafted by Beverage Director/Partner Megan Barnes and the Espita beverage team.

Highlighting autumnal mainstay flavors like apples, allspice, and mulled wine, each entry on this Fall cocktail menu was inspired by modern-day Mexico and Telenovelas, shares Barnes.

“Mexico is fairly diverse with immigrants coming from Asia and Europe, so we wanted to incorporate a range of ingredients that reflected that.  The names of our cocktails come from popular telenovelas, films and songs.”

So, who are the new sips on the block? Here’s the rundown:

  • El Tiempo No Perdona: Batavia Arrack, mezcal, Xtabentún, Honey Liqueur, peach and lemon, served tableside.
  • Apple Coriander: Served tall with espadin, Mexican rum, granny smith apples, ginger and coriander.
  • Mariposa Traicionera: Mezcal, Cardamaro, damson plum, vanilla and Fernet Francisco.
  • Al Diablo con Los Guapos: Espadin, Copper & Kings American apple brandy and spiced grenadine.
  • Walnut & Wine: Paranubes Oaxacan rum, espadin mezcal, red wine and Nux Alpina walnut liqueur.
  • Hombre Sin Nombre: Eezcal, Cocchi Americano, pear, Suze and mint.
  • Amor En Silencio: El Buho espadin, Cynar and Taylor’s Velvet Falernum.
  • Los Olvidados: Espadin, aged cachaça, plum wine, allspice dram and Corazón bitters.

The seasonal pleasers run between $12 and $13, and will hang around through December 21st.

Espita Mezcaleria has also unveiled four new mezcal flights, with prices ranging from $25 to $35.  Each flight serves up three 1-ounce pours, served with sliced oranges and Sal de Gusano.

The flights:

  • Mezcales de la Casa: From the same Master Mezcaleros behind El Buho in Oaxaca, Espadin, Cuixe and Tepexate.
  • Rums of Mezcal: Offers flavors of caramel, vanilla, toasted oak and butterscotch, Siete Misterios Doba-Yej, Alipus San Juan and Mezcalero Special Bottling No. 2.
  • Bat Friendly: Bats are a major contributor to the preservation of the rich heritage of agave distillation.  Help the Tequila Interchange Project support bat-friendly mezcals that also taste amazing with Siembra Spirits Cenizo, Siembra Spirits Cupreata and Con Mateo Alto.
  • Pechuga: These three bottles stir up senses reminiscent of fall, of family, and all things we hold most deer, lamb and turkey, Don Mateo Pechuga, El Jolgorio Pechuga and Mayalen Pechuga.

Espita Mezcaleria is located at 1250 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 621-9695 or visit


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