YetaxaLast night we were watching the classic Dr. Who episode from 1964 where the assistant, Barbara, is mistaken for the Aztec goddess, Yetaxa, and tonight we were making chicken mole for dinner, part of which involves reconstituting some chili peppers in hot water. If you are like us, you think, how can I use byproducts of these two experiences in a cocktail? The first part of the answer is to make a pepper syrup from the leftover chili pepper water. Just add equal parts of sugar and pepper water. Heat until the sugar dissolves. The second part is to name the resulting cocktail the Yetaxa.

Sticking with the Mexican theme, of course, we wanted to use this ingredient with tequila. In a sense, this drink is mole in a glass.


  • 1.5 oz tequila
  • 1 tablespoon Ramazzotti amaro
  • 1 tablespoon crème de cacao
  • 1 tablespoon dry curacao
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper syrup
  • 1 tablespoon mezcal

Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with some fresh cilantro.