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Warren Bobrow’s Cocktail Hour: Rediscovery! Mandarine Napoleon…


I’ll tell you, it’s been years since I’ve enjoyed the smoky, citrus laden liqueur named Mandarine Napoleon.  Actually decades would be more accurate.

The last time I enjoyed this elegant elixir I was living in Charleston, South Carolina.  A former friend was in the catering business.  He always had interesting liqueurs and cordials at the ready.  I learned much from him and kept these flavor driven memories close at hand for the decades to follow.

Mandarine Napoleon is one of those flavors that you won’t soon forget.  Tiny Mandarine Oranges are woven with a very sophisticated smoke laden Cognac.

This is not a syrupy sugar syrup flavored by concentrates, but true orange flavor in a background of grape and smoke.  I got to thinking… What would go beautifully with this slurp?

My mind spun around for a few short seconds and then finally spit out my idea.  I would use Tequila from Tecnico  and make a twisted, hand tossed Margarita.

Image courtesy of Tecnico Tequila

One that would be memorable and illuminating at the same time.

The first time that I enjoyed a Margarita I was in Mexico.  My parents took me to the Yucatan Peninsula for an archeological “Safari” into the jungle.  The air was about 90 degrees and the humidity much higher.  There were these gorgeous limes that the guide brought with us.  He cut them into chunks and added their juices to a glass.  He then added a hefty portion of the local firewater.  Then he mashed some tiny oranges into the slurry.  There was no ice, but there were memories to be made.

Mandarine Napoleon is the base of a gorgeous Margarita that you can make at home.  All you need is some very good Tequila.  I recommend the Tecnico.  I also recommend Mandarine Napoleon.  It’s essential to get the smallest limes possible for this cocktail.  Mash them up, add some ice, the liqueurs and a bit of sea-salt.

That’s it!  Sure you can add ice, but the elegant way to enjoy this drink is without ice.  It is sort of a Tequila Ti Punch. With a twist of course.  I recommend the Bitter End Mexican Mole’ Bitters.  Smoke, fire and heat.  Chocolate and burn.  Watch out!  This stuff will knock your socks off!

The Magical/Mystical French Margarita  ( Will twist and turn your brain into mush)

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tecnico Blanco Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz. fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Mandarine Napoleon Orange Liqueur
  • Bitter End Mexican Mole’ Bitters
  • Sea salt to decorate the glass


  1. Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer) with a green lime slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to salt the rim.
  2. Put the lime juice, tequila, and Mandarine Napoleon in a cocktail shaker, add ice only to the shaker and shake for 25 seconds.
  3.  Strain the cocktail into the glass, add a couple drops of the Bitter End Bitters and enjoy.
  4. Garnish with a green lime wedge

Cheers!  http://www.cocktailwhisperer.com

Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.


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