Once more from the Cocktail Chronicles:

Like I said, it appears Paul Clarke’s bar is quite similar to ours – the recipes in his book conveniently tend to use ingredients we already have. So here we are, back for a third time featuring a cocktail from the book!


This one is from Misty Kalkofen of Boston. It’s a little smoky, a tad bitter and has a nice floral component.

As someone who’s not a huge fan of “smoke”, I felt like this cocktail is a great introduction to mescal. There’s definitely a hint of smoke, but it doesn’t feel like you’re drinking a campfire.


Maximilian Affair

Maximilian Affair

This deliciously balanced drink is a tad smoky, a little bitter, and a great overall introduction to mescal.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks


  • 1 oz Mescal We used Sanka
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liqueur We used St. Germain
  • 1/2 oz Punt e Mes
  • 1/4 oz Lemon Juice


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.