Donaji Cocktail

Julian Cox

Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

This cocktail is a true collaboration between chef and mixologist. While traveling in Oaxaca, Mexico, chef John Sedlar learned of a cocktail inspired by the legendary sacrifice of a beautiful princess. When he opened Rivera in 2009, he asked mixologist Julian Cox to create a version of it. Home bartenders can use coarse salt (sans crickets!) for the glass rim.


  • 2 ounces Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
  • 3/8 ounce lime juice
  • 3/8 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar
  • Chopped chapulines (crickets) mixed with course sea salt
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Lime wheels
  • Lemon leaf


Combine all liquid ingredients. Shake and pour into an ice-filled, chapulin-salt-rimmed double rocks glass. Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds, lime wheels, and lemon leaf.


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