Ray’s Bar | New York
Our 2022 Bar Ilegal Tour concluded on a perfect New York City night, at Ray's Bar in the Lower East Side.
Handcrafted in small-batches, Ilegal Mezcal has a beautifully balanced profile, with a mouthful of agave and a hint of smoke. A unique and complex taste for those who enjoy sipping spirits like tequila, bourbon, or craft gin.
While our mezcal is perfect neat, it is exceptional in cocktails – originals and reimagined classics alike. Check out our signature mezcal cocktail recipes, and try Ilegal as the base spirit in a Mezcal Margarita, a Mezcal Mule, or your favorite cocktail.
— John Rexer, Founder
According to John Rexer, founder and CEO of the popular Oaxacan producer, aged mezcal is not as much of a novelty as contemporary shelves suggest. He points to the historical precedence of wood barrels, glass demijohns and clay canteros that were used in local liquor production as far back as the early 1700s.
With the 7 Year Añejo, his hope is to resurrect a forgotten technique, while expanding the modern conception of what the category can be.
Ilegal Mezcal has revealed its bottles will be made with 100% recycled glass.
The switch to recyclable glass has grown from a global glass shortage – the result of issues within the spirits supply chain. The new recyclable bottles are available in 375ml and 750ml iterations, and enter the market this month.