Inspired by: Midnight in Mexico by Alfredo Corchado.

Where: The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio

What: Mezcal, chile liqueur, Fernet-Vallet.

How: “I was inspired to create this cocktail to bring attention to journalist Alfredo Corchado's eye-opening book, Midnight in Mexico," says beverage director Houston Eaves. He describes the book as an "intensely personal account of the horrors taking place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in the cartel drug wars that have plagued both of our countries for many years." The drink's look is a tribute to Corchado's work: “The combination of the three all-Mexican ingredients gives the cocktail a deep, dark color to allude to the darkness of midnight, yet the blend creates a bright and inviting cocktail with a warm smoky and spicy finish,” says Eaves. Photo by Kody Melton.