In the original Maximilian Affair, the French intervened in Mexican affairs in the mid-19th century. If Napoleon had the drink Maximilian Affair available to him at the time, he would have been decidedly more chill about beating the crap out of the Mexicans. Like the French intervention of that time, St. Germain, a French elderflower liquor intervenes in the tequila taste of this drink which ends up having a distinctive grapefruit-like aroma to it.
- 2 1/2 tequila or mezcal (I prefer reposado tequila – it gives a slightly smoother taste than the blanco tequila in the original recipe)
- 1 1/2 St. Germain
- 1 Punt e Mes
- 1/2 Freshly squeezed lemon
The original recipe calls for equal parts tequila and St. Germain. The St. Germain is pretty sweet, I like the stronger tequila flavor. I’ve also scaled back the lemon from the original. It’s tart enough as is.