Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage that is made from the agave plant, primarily in Mexico. It is similar to tequila, but with a smokier and more complex flavor profile. Mezcal is produced by roasting the heart of the agave plant, known as the piña, in an underground pit oven, which gives it a distinct smoky flavor. Mezcal can be enjoyed neat, but is also commonly used in cocktails such as the Mezcal Margarita or Paloma. It is often served in a wide-mouthed glass and garnished with citrus and salt.