Fresh Summer Cocktail: Spicy Katrina


Warm summer days call for lazy days in the shade, or at the beach, light food, and a fresh summer cocktail. Our Capella Ixtapa mixologist Miguel understands this.  He has made me fall in love with all tequila cocktails, especially margaritas in any flavor, and recently introduced me to cocktails with mezcal, tequila’s smoky brother.  Needless to say, these have become some of my new favorites!  At our recent culinary event Sabor y Vino, our friends at a local Mezcaleria La Katrina have created a special drink, Spicy Katrina.  Many of you have asked for its recipe on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels, and I am very pleased I can share it with you today!

Spicy Katrina Mezcal Cocktail

1.5 oz Mezcal Katrina Blanco
1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
¼ chopped Jalapeño
¾ oz natural syrup

Macerate Jalapeño pepper with grapefruit juice.
Mix it in a shaker with mezcal and syrup.
Serve it on the rocks in an old fashion glass.

I hope you enjoy this fresh summer cocktail as much as I do!  And please don’t hesitate to let me know what other Capella Ixtapa recipes you’d like to learn.  I am always happy to share!  Salud!

Summer Cocktails: Thyme Silver Fizz

Summer is the best season if you ask me. There are so many things to experience in Dusseldorf when the sun is shining and I really love being outside and enjoying action.  Do you know what the best part is?  The evening!  It is still warm and you can sit outside with some friends barbecuing, playing games and, of course, enjoying summer cocktails.

As you may already know, our bar team at the Breidenbacher Hof is famous for its extraordinary and delicious cocktail creations.  Of course, they also create special drinks for every season.  Yesterday, I tried their latest creation for summer: the Thyme Silver Fizz.  Believe me, it is the perfect start into a wonderful barbecue night with friends.  It is refreshing, a bit fruity and because of the thyme, it has a Mediterranean flair and reminds me of being on vacation!  You will know what I mean, when you try it for yourself.  So I asked our Assistant Bar Manager Philipp for the recipe to share the good taste and vacation dreams with you:

summer  cocktailsThyme Silver Fizz

5 cl Botanist Gin

2 cl lemon juice

2 cl sugar syrup

Soda to fill up

Ice cubes

1 sprig of thyme



Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. Then, one after another measure the Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and mix everything in the shaker. When you are done, fill the drink into a nice glass through a sieve and fill it up with the soda. Use the sprig of thyme for garnish – and voilà!

At our Capella Bar, the drink is served with thyme salt, which gives the cocktail a special touch. It depends on what you prefer, but whether with or without the salt it is definitely my new favorite cocktail and I am sure it will be yours too.


Enjoy shaking and the great refreshment afterwards!

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa

Margarita making classes are one of our guest’s favorite activities.  They are practical, fun and Miguel Tafoya, our Mixologist, is a great teacher.  Not only does he teach you the basics of preparing a classic margarita, but he then helps you to create your own personalized version!  You will learn the history of a margarita and some of Miguel’s secrets in making this popular drink.  I always suggest this class to friends who are visiting because it is a great way to build a memory of your time at Capella Ixtapa— especially when you get home and make your signature margaritas for friends!

This season Miguel has prepared several new fall cocktails, and he offered to share not one, but two of them with us!  One is made with tequila, and the other with mezcal, a spirit made of maguey plant (a form of agave), which is gaining popularity in Mexico.

Fall Cocktails at Capella Ixtapa


1 ½ oz. Tequila Centenario Reposado
½  oz. Chartreuse liqueur
½  oz. Controy (you can substitute it with triple sec, orange curaçao or Cointreau)
2 oz. Tuna fruit juice  (this is the fruit of the cacti -see the photo above)
½ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Agave nectar
2 Mint leaves

Pour all tequila, Chartreuse, Controy, tuna fruit juice, lemon juice and agave nectar in a pint glass, add ice and use a shaker to combine.  Serve the content in a rocks glass, rimmed with granulated salt.  Garnish with mint.



1 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
15 g. Pomegranate seeds
1 Maraschino Cherry for garnish
½ tablespoon of Agave nectar

Marinade pomegranate seeds with mezcal.  Add grapefruit juice and X-Rated Fusion Liqueur to a pint glass to combine.  Serve in a champagne glass.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.


On your next visit to Capella Ixtapa, I invite you to try our new cocktails at the Terrace Bar, or join a margarita making class with our mixologist Miguel and create your own!   A visit to the Terrace Bar and margarita making classes are available also to Ixtapa locals and visitors with prior reservation.  For more information and reservation please contact us at 01.755.555.11.00, or send an email to the Capella Ixtapa Personal Assistants

Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar: Smoked Wood Cocktail

In Germany the weather is cooling.  Autumn has just arrived.  I love this season and can’t wait to get out my wooly hats and to start wearing scarves.  I also know it is fall when I start to crave soul warming beverages.  Philipp, one of Breidenbacher Hof’s amazing bartenders, recommended a new cocktail that he promised would do the trick.  This cocktail is part of our new promotion “Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar,” in which cocktails represented of Germany have been created.  The cocktail I tried is called “Smoked Wood” and is inspired by the Black Forest.  It really does remind me of the Black Forest and left me with a warm and cozy feeling.  I decided it was the perfect introduction to the season and had to share the recipe with you.

Smoked Wood Cocktail

Smoked Wood

3cl Monkey 47 Gin
1cl Arderg 10
2BL Plum liqueur
2cl Roses Lime Juice
4 Drops of chocolate Bitters

The preparation is simple.  Just add the ingredients to a pint glass and stir.  Taste for flavor balance and once satisfied, transfer to the serving glass of your choice. Easy!

The Monkey 47 Gin has a very unique flavor profile and even tastes a bit like fir needles.  At the Capella Bar the cocktail is paired with a bacon canapé— together you truly feel transported to the Black Forest!   If you are in Dusseldorf I definitely recommend stopping in to try the combination.  In fact, follow @CapellaBBH on Twitter for a chance to win a complimentary cocktail as part of the #CapellaBarMonday promotion!

Smoked Wood Cocktail Bei Capella Bar

In Deutschland wird das Wetter langsam kälter. Der Herbst ist da! Ich liebe diese Jahreszeit und kann es kaum erwarten meine Wollmützen rauszuholen und wieder Schals zu tragen. Ich merke immer, dass Herbst ist, wenn ich mich nach Getränken sehne, bei denen mir warm ums Herz wird. Philipp, einer der Barkeeper bei uns im Breidenbacher Hof, hat mir einen neuen Cocktail empfohlen, der mir genau das gewünschte Ergebnis verspricht. Diese Cocktailempfehlung ist Teil unserer neuen Reihe „Discover German Spirits @ Capella Bar“, innerhalb welcher unser Team Cocktails kreiert hat, die Deutschland repräsentieren. Mein neuer Lieblingscocktail ist der „Smoked Wood“ und Inspirationsquelle war der Schwarzwald. Er erinnert mich wirklich an den Schwarzwald und hinterlässt ein angenehmes warmes Gefühl. Wenn ihr mich fragt, ist dies der perfekte Start in die neue Jahreszeit und deshalb habe ich auch beschlossen, das Rezept mit Euch zu teilen.

Smoked Wood Cocktail

Smoked Wood

3cl Monkey 47 Gin
1cl Arderg 10
2BL Pflaumenlikör
2cl Roses Lime Juice
4 Tropfen Schokoladenbitter

Die Zubereitung ist ganz einfach: Fügt alle Zutaten zusammen in ein Rührglas und verrührt sie gründlich. Probiert, ob das Verhältnis der Zutaten Eurem Geschmack entspricht und gebt alles in ein Glas Eurer Wahl. Das wars!

Der Monkey 47 Gin hat einen sehr individuellen und einzigartigen Geschmack und schmeckt sogar ein wenig nach Tannennadeln. In der Capella Bar servieren wir den „Smoked Wood“ mit einem Schinken-Canapé – zusammen ergibt dies einen wunderbaren Geschmack und man fühlt sich in den Schwarzwald versetzt! Solltet ihr mal in Düsseldorf sein, empfehle ich Euch die Kombination einmal zu probieren. Folgt doch @CapellaBBH auf Twitter, dort habt ihr jeden Montag die Chance einen kostenfreien Cocktail im Rahmen unserer #CapellaBarMonday Aktion zu erhaschen. Momentan bekommt ihr mit etwas Glück den „Smoked Wood“!

Summer In Ixtapa

Have you seen the amazing “The Shawshank Redemption“ with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman?  In the movie the leading characters framed Ixtapa as the perfect getaway: a warm place where they can leave behind all their unhappy memories.  I can guarantee you, the movie doesn’t lie, Ixtapa truly is a dreamy place for relaxation, and one of the most sought after destinations for all seeking to escape the daily routine and modern life stress.

Our eternal summers make Ixtapa a perfect destination to visit all year long, but summer in Ixtapa is particularly special.  The weather is warm, but not brutal, and the tropical rains and showers from our rainy season usually happen after sunset or during the night, refreshing the whole ambiance and making it perfect to enjoy the evening.  Due to the tropical weather, the surrounding fields and mountains are filled with bright green colors, blooming trees and multicolor vegetation.

During the summer days I recommend lounging at the pools, be it one of the infinity pools at the resort, or your private plunge pool in your hotel room.  I also love to stroll through the town and market.  Of course there is plenty to do nearby as well, from a visit to the nearby fishing village Barra de Potosí, or exploring the historic streets of Petatlan, a picturesque town with gold market and an outstanding church.   

Rainy evenings at Capella Ixtapa are perfect for becoming a tequila connoisseur during a tequila tastings with our Sommelier Antonio Ochoa.  You can also learn to make our signature margaritas or learn to cook your favorite Mexican dish.  My ultimate favorite for a rainy evening is a visit to the spa!  I could easily fall asleep on the table listening to the relaxing sound of the rain.  But if you are feeling more active, you could even learn how to give the perfect massage with our Spa Massage Classes! 

There really is so much to do during the summer in Ixtapa and especially at Capella Ixtapa. To find out more about upcoming events and activities follow me on Twitter @CapellaIxtapa or like us on