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The Maximilian Affair

As the first entry in my regular cocktail feature, I present The Maximilian Affair. Its name is derived from the Franco-Mexican War when Napoleon III enthroned Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico.

The aggressive cocktail mixes Mexican and French spirits to battle it out for supremacy over your taste-buds.

I got this recipe from Drink in Boston:

1 Tequila (Milagro Silver)
1 St. Germain
.5 Punt e Mes
.5 fresh lemon juice


No Garnish

You could also substitute mezcal for tequila to get an even smokier front-line. If you can’t get your hands on any Punt e Mes, you’re welcome to use a sweet vermouth – you’ll lose a bit of the distinctive earthy bitterness that works so well with this cocktail, but it’ll still be delicious.


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