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A Habanero Cocktail Straight From Oxaca

Elevating mixology in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

View of pool at Casa de Sierra Nevada in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, is located in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The inviting property stretches across six lovingly restored heritage mansions that offer modern luxury without compromising authenticity. Its 23 guest suites and 14 rooms are uniquely designed, with many showcasing unique juxtapositions of contemporary local artist paintings and antique furnishings against an astonishing backdrop of courtyards, gardens, and other breathtaking views of San Miguel de Allende.

Mexican heritage and the vibrant culture of San Miguel de Allende are woven into every detail, from the stucco walls to the unforgettable cuisine. Shaded courtyards, trickling fountains, vaulted archways, and wood-beamed ceilings create a magical sanctuary. At Casa de Sierra Nevada, guests can take time to explore all of the property’s secret spaces, such as gardens filled with eye-catching succulents, a beautiful pool, sublime spa, and enticing restaurants.

We’re excited to share an exclusive cocktail recipe from Tunki Rooftop by Handshake, where you can enjoy small plates of Peruvian tapas paired with pioneering sips  crafted  by one of the “World’s 50 Best Bars.” This remarkable establishment is celebrated for its unparalleled menu and intricate flavor profiles that push the boundaries of innovation. The captivating ambiance, exceptional mixology, and gorgeous views make Tunki Rooftop an ideal addition to any summer vacation plans.

This simple, elegant, and savory beverage can be easily prepared at home and pairs best with serenity, relaxation, and south-of-the-border good vibes. As they say in San Miguel de Allende, ¡salud!

Made in Oaxaca

Servings: 1 cocktail
Simple yet bold, this pays homage to the mezcal-producing region of Oaxaca. Eleazar Barbosa, the mixologist behind it explains, "Working with an ingredient like the habanero is the way to share a little bit of Mexico with the world. The habanero's flavors blend exceptionally well with the other ingredients, though serrano or jalapeño peppers can be used as a substitute."


  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 10 mL simple syrup
  • 2 thin cucumber slices
  • 5 fresh mint leaves, washed
  • 5 mL absinthe liqueur
  • 1 thin slice of habanero chili, for decoration, seeds removed
  • Ice


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Before serving, strain twice with a sieve. Serve in a clean coupetini glass.
Made in Oaxaca Cocktail on bartop
View from Belmond Hotel bar in the heart of historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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