In Spanish jicara means both cup and gourd. In the mezcal world it’s a small cup made out of half a dried fruit used for drinking mezcal. Since they’re half of a round fruit you generally can’t place them on a flat surface and keep your mezcal inside. Most people cup them in their hands which only adds to the drinking ritual. Thankfully, there is a solution to this critical issue, small weaved holders keep jicaras stable on tables. Other people puncture the top so that they can thread them onto string and have a ready made mezcal cup necklace.
And, it’s not made of a gourd but the dried fruit of the Crescentia cujete tree.