What to Drink at 1534: Napoleon’s Loss


Each week in The Daily Shot, we have ourselves a drink that we think you should try, too.

​The drink: Napoleon’s Loss

The bar: 1534 (20 Prince Street, Nolita, 212-966-8886)

The price: $12

The ingredients: Añejo tequila, lemon juice, ginger-agave nectar, shaken and topped with mezcal.

The buzz: This den below a French bistro proclaims itself an ambassador of French colonial flavors, in cocktail form. A tequila drink might be the last thing you’d expect, but here’s a quick history lesson: Napoleon III tried to create a French stronghold in Mexico in the 1860s. In light of this, Napoleon’s Loss makes sense — if you’re the sort of imbiber who needs your drink to make sense. We, to be sure, are not. But we do need it to be in balance. And this one is. Zingy citrus and ginger are rounded out by caramelized notes in the aged tequila. And the smoke is reminiscent of your favorite Parisian brasserie. Chin chin.

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 27, 2011

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