La Madrastra: A cocktail inspired by telenovelas

Learn to make this Refinery Rooftop specialty

By 10Best Editors,

A great hotel needs a great hotel bar, and that's just what guests find at The Refinery beneath the shadow of the Empire State Building in New York. The inspiration behind Refinery Rooftop was "the neighborhood bar where bartenders shake your hand, managers touch tables, and Maitre d's remember your preferences," co-owner Terence Tubridy told 10Best.

Guests of the hotel or visitors to the bar enjoy stellar views of the Empire State Building, as well as a cocktail program featuring approachable and sophisticated drinks – anything from a barrel-aged Old Fashioned to an adult slushy.

The Refinery Rooftop bar has won two consecutive titles of Best Hotel Bar in the 10Best Readers' Choice contest, and to celebrate, owner Terence Tubridy is sharing one of his all-time favorite cocktails from the bar, La Madrastra. This citrus-forward drink made with fresh pineapple, chile liqueur and mezcal is one of four margaritas on the summer cocktail menu, each named after a different telenovela.

La Madrastra - one of four specialty margaritas served at the Refinery Rooftop in NYC — Photo courtesy of Refinery Rooftop

La Madrastra Recipe

1oz pineapple juice
1oz lime juice 
.5oz agave
2oz mezcal
Ancho Reyes chile liqueur

Combine pineapple juice, lime juice, agave and mezcal in a shaker and pour over ice in a rocks glass lined with chili salt. Pour a splash of Ancho Reyes chile liqueur over the top as a float, garnish with a lemon and lime wheel, and enjoy!