- 1.5 oz. silver tequila
- 0.5 oz. Mandarine Napoleon
- 0.5 oz. lemon juice
- 0.25 oz. Kina L’Aero d’Or
- 0.25 oz. Branca Menta
- 0.25 oz. simple syrup
Shake with ice and strain into coupe.
Here’s a little hodgepodge of a cocktail that came from me wanting to use up my Mandarine Napoleon which I’ve had on the shelf for years, a Cognac-based orange liqueur. I mixed this with lemon and mint, then some Kina for bitterness and sweetness. The latter needed a little amping up, and so the simple syrup was added.
Wasn’t sure of a name, but working from the Mandarine I went with something Chinese over Mexican or French, but really this was an international endeavor. For me, the prevailing flavor was the mint, so I focused on that with the name. Not sure the pun works, but does that really matter when you enjoy what you’re sipping?