"They stood in the road drinking from a bottle of mescal"
GNU Free Documentation LicenseMescal - Credit: Ilia "Yadra" Harlamov

Mescal, or mezcal, is an alcoholic drink distilled from the maguey plant (a form of agave) native to Mexico.

Most mescal is produced in Oaxaca, where it is made from the heart of the maguey, called the piña, much the same way it was 200 years ago.

It has a strong smoky flavour compared to tequila - itself a type of mescal made from the blue agave.