The Maximilian Affair cocktail salutes Mexico and France by combining the tastes of smoky Mexican mezcal with the sweet floral French elderflower liqueur. It’s a surprising combination that works great together. Which is odd, considering that it was named for an historic event that took place in Mexico in the 1860’s which wasn’t so sweet. The Maximilian Affair involved an Austrian Archduke and an attempt by those meddling French to rule Mexico.
The Mr. 404 Cocktail combines the bittersweetness of the Aperol with the delicate flowery taste of the elderflower liqueur – St. Germain. Together, it has a pale orange color and a light, slightly sweet taste that reminds me of grapefruit juice.