This recipe appears in:How to Make the Napoleon's Loss from 1534 in NYC
An allusion to the former French empire's withdrawal from Mexico and all its agave splendor, Napoleon's Loss is your gain in this cocktail from New York's 1534: tequila, lemon and ginger-agave syrup with a little smoky mezcal on top.
Note: You can buy ginger juice for the ginger syrup, but it's better to make your own using a juicer or a blender and strainer.
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- For the Ginger-Agave Syrup:
- 1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh ginger juice
- For the Cocktail:
- 1/2 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon
- 3/4 ounce ginger-agave syrup
- 2 ounces añejo tequila
- 1/4 ounce mezcal, such as Del Maguey
For the ginger-agave syrup: In a resealable jar, stir ginger juice into agave nectar until loosened. Cover and shake well. Store for up to 1 week, shake before using. Recipe makes enough syrup for four cocktails.
For the cocktail: Combine lemon juice, ginger-agave syrup, and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
Strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube. Top with mezcal and serve.