Rico Suave

Tequila, always surprisingly versatile, makes an excellent digestif. Añejo tequilas rest in barrels for up to a year before bottling, which softens the brashness of the nose and flavor profile. This rich, smooth drink fuses the mellowness of the tequila with a touch of complex, honeyed Cointreau Noir (a blend of Cointreau and cognac) and the tiniest spritz of bitter orange oil. Serve the cocktail in a snifter, and consider pairing it with squares of excellent varietal chocolates rich in cocoa butter and with a hint of bitterness, such as those created by Valrhona or Scharffen Berger. This is love in a glass.


  • ½ ounce Cointreau Noir
  • ounces best-quality 100 percent agave añejo tequila
  • 2-inch strip orange peel


Combine the Cointreau Noir and tequila in a snifter. Twist the orange peel over the drink to release the oils into it. You may drop the peel into the glass or serve without.

Mira a tu suegra como alas estrellas... de lejos...

Look at your mother in law as if she was a star... from far away.