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It’s said that some of the best mezcal in Oaxaca can be found in reused plastic bottles bought from palenques on otherwise empty dirt roads.
These are the dirt roads two friends, Tony and Stefan, set down when they met Jose, Madre’s original and current producer.
True to tradition, plastic bottles of what would become Madre were brought over the border, making their way to bartenders in Brooklyn, who found creative uses for this mezcal that was less smoky than other available options.
In the past four years, Madre has graduated from plastic bottles to hand poured glass, from the bartender’s secret stash to the top of the cocktail menu, and from a handful of bottles tucked in luggage into a product shared by friends across America and parts of Europe.