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.
1 1/2 oz agave nectar
1 1/2 oz fresh ginger juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz ginger-agave syrup
2 oz anejo tequila
1/4 oz mezcal
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. 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. Strain into a double rocks glass over a large ice cube. Top with mezcal and serve.