Blended Watermelon Mezcal Margaritas

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Tequila vs. Mezcal: Exploring Two Spirits of Financing for Your Business

Just as Tequila and Mezcal are distinct spirits with unique production processes, they can be likened to traditional and alternative financing, respectively, each offering different flavors of

Tequila and Mezcal are two distinct spirits that come from Mexico, although similar ingredients are involved, each has a unique production process and offer different flavors. Similarly to how traditional and alternative finance work for your business; they both have similar characteristics but vary in cost and flexibility.

Tequila, a celebrated Mexican spirit, is made exclusively from the blue agave plant (Agave tequilana Weber azul). Its production is mainly centered in the Tequila region of Jalisco, Mexico. The process begins with harvesting the mature blue agave piñas, which take roughly 5 to 7 years to mature. Then, they’re roasted to convert their starches into fermentable sugars. After fermentation, the liquid is distilled to produce Tequila. Known for its smooth and robust flavor profile, Tequila comes in various types, such as Blanco (unaged or aged briefly), Reposado (aged for at least two months), Añejo (aged for at least one year), and Extra Añejo (aged for at least three years).

On the other hand, Mezcal is an artisanal spirit crafted from various agave species, offering a broader spectrum of flavors and characteristics. While Tequila is limited to the blue agave, Mezcal can be made from agave types like Espadín, Tobalá, Tepeztate, and more. Mezcal production occurs in various regions of Mexico, with Oaxaca being a prominent hub. The traditional Mezcal-making process involves harvesting agave hearts, which are then cooked in underground pits, lending a unique smoky flavor to the spirit. The cooked agave is crushed, fermented, and distilled, resulting in a rich and diverse flavor profile, ranging from earthy and smoky to herbaceous and complex.

Traditional Vs. Alternative Financing

Similarly, traditional financing, like Tequila, relies on well-established methods and institutions, providing stability and reliability. However, this may also mean limited options and stringent regulations. On the other hand, alternative financing solutions, like Mezcal, offer a diverse range of tailored choices, such as factoring, purchase order financing, accounts receivables, and inventory loans. Embracing alternative financing allows your business to break free from constraints and explore innovative financial opportunities tailored to your specific needs.

So, just as you appreciate the unique taste of Mezcal’s diverse agave varieties, consider exploring the liberating potential of alternative financing. Let your business thrive with the unique flavors of financial growth and success!

Frozen Watermelon Mezcal Margarita

Helena‘s very happy to share this recipe for National Watermelon Day on August 3rd! “I was so excited when our new employee Daniel brought back a gift of Mezcal from Oaxaca, Mexico that I had to try this fun summer cocktail. Cheers!”


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • Several Ice Cubes (optional)
  • 4 ounces mezcal
  • ¼ cup Lemonade (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons margarita salt 
  • 1 teaspoon Tajin
  • 2 lime wedges
  • Fresh mint, for garnish
  • 2 small watermelon wedges or slices, for garnish


  1. Freeze 2 cups of watermelon.
  2. Place the cubed frozen watermelon in a blender with a ¼ cup lemonade and blend for about 30 seconds until it turns into a liquid, if you would like a more slushy drink add some ice cubes.
  3. Add mezcal, lime juice, to the blender and process until a slushy consistency is achieved. Taste then add more lime juice, or lemonade if you prefer a sweeter taste.
  4. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of 2 cocktail glasses and dip the rims into Margarita salt and Tajin.
  5. Pour the watermelon mezcal margarita into the glasses. Garnish with mint, small watermelon wedges, and lime wedges or slices.

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