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Once Mexico's booze of 'drunks,' mezcal earns respect

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SANTIAGO MATATLAN (MEXICO) - Once derided as a drink for destitute drunkards, Mexico's smoky-flavored mezcal liquor has come out of the shadows to become a trendy booze in fashionable bars from Mexico City to Sydney. 

A glass for mezcal at the Mezcal Fair in Oaxaca, Mexico on July 26, 2014

The booming demand for tequila's less known ancestor may even be too good for the cactus-like plant that's used to make mezcal, maguey, which is now in high demand for a variety of products.

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