On my wish list of places to spend a few blissfully quiet days is the Hotel Esencia on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, just above Tulum. Once the home of the Duchess Rosa di Ferrari, it became a mediocre hotel years back, but was purchased and updated by media entrepreneur Kevin Wendle in 2014. The hotel is small. there are only 29 rooms set on a 50 acre property. The modernist interiors—a mix of classic pieces such as Pierre Jeanneret chairs and Serge Mouille lamps mixed and Mexican crafts and crisp white interiors are exactly what I love (more images below). No surprise it is a favorite among the fashion and interiors set—Jason Wu got married there and I’ve seen Instagram posts from the likes of AD’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley. In the meantime, I found a recipe for their signature margarita, which is going into my summer cocktail rotation. Cheers!
Hotel Esencia Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco
- 3/4 oz. Cointreau
- 2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- 5 gr. Ginger, Chopped
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- Rosemary Twigs
Preparation: In a cocktail shaker, muddle simple syrup with a small rosemary twig and the chopped ginger. Add Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco, Cointreau, fresh grapefruit juice and some ice cubes. Shake well. Double strain and serve on the rocks in a salt-rimmed Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a rosemary twig and a flamed grapefruit peel.