Chocolate milk: for many, it was a simple pleasure growing up, an afternoon treat to be enjoyed on occasion. For others, an indulgence enjoyed regularly even into adulthood. But even those who haven’t downed a glass of chocolate milk since their age hit double digits can appreciate the drink when it gets some booze thrown in. Enter the Leche Mexicana, or Mexican Milk, from spirit ambassador Armando Zapata, a rich and creamy concoction that’s sure to please even the most “mature” of palates.
Tequila, crème de cacao, and half and half might seem like an unorthodox combination, but the drink does have precedent. Replace the tequila with some brandy, swap the half & half for straight cream and tweak the proportions a little, you have yourself an iconic cocktail, the Brandy Alexander, itself an offshoot of the gin-based drink, the Alexander. Besides, the Leche Mexicana stands on its own accords, with blanca tequila making for a brighter, lighter drink, though one still rich and creamy.
While the recipe calls for a blanca tequila, the other ingredients are robust enough to stand up to aged tequilas. Something like a reposado (aged less than a year) or even an anejo (aged more than a year but less than three) can bring an extra level of depth and boldness to the drink, and bring it more in line with something like a Brandy Alexander. However, stick to tequila — trading it for something like mezcal will bring an odd bit of smokiness and earth to the drink, potentially muddying it.
Like the Alexander family of drinks, Leche Mexicana is most appropriate as an after dinner treat, as it is a sweet and frothy libation. Though the recipe doesn’t call for a garnish, dusting the top with a little freshly ground nutmeg adds a nice touch, and a bit of orange zest amplifies the tequila elements. Similarly, any sort of smaller glassware can be used, but using a coupe or Nick & Nora glass imbues the drink with an extra bit of elegance.
Despite any advertisement-fueled adages about milk’s health benefits, the Leche Mexicana should not be considered remotely healthy—cream, chocolate liqueur, and tequila does not a nutritious concoction make. The calories alone on this creamy sweet concoction should relegate it to a “once in a great while” indulgence. Though it might be hard to do so after the first try.
- 1 1/2 ounce blanca tequila
- 2 ounce crème de cacao
- 1 ounce half and half
Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a small glass.