Mezcal is a Mexican distillate made from the agave plant, although different types of agave can be used. It has a smoky and slightly sweet taste, due to the cooking of the plant before distillation. The mezcal production process is artisanal and varies from region to region, but in general it involves cooking the whole plants in underground ovens, grinding them in a grinding stone, fermenting the juice and finally distilling it. Mezcal can be enjoyed pure, served with a slice of orange and salt, or used as an ingredient in cocktails. It has a fairly high alcohol content and, thanks to its complexity and smoky taste, is gaining popularity among lovers of craft distillates.