Napoleon's Loss from 1534 Recipe

Napoleon's Loss from 1534 Recipe

[Photograph: Allan Zepeda]

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.

  • Yield:Makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 6 minutes
  • Total time:6 minutes


  • 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


  1. 1.

    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.

  2. 2.

    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.

  3. 3.

    Strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube. Top with mezcal and serve.