November 1695, Mexico City.
Deep inside the halls of the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria, a group of reverent nuns prepares a Baroque recipe of spiced Cocoa. The brew is infused with an assortment of chilies that tempt rapture, and the air is rich with the scent of exotic spices. After centuries of safe-keeping within this closed world, their secrets are finally revealed to the senses.
Cocoa Absolute, Mexican Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chili infusion
Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier
Rediscovering the olfactory traces of the Baroque Convent of Jesus Maria, where Mexican nuns worked on complex recipes of spicy, sweet scents. Baroque, complex & sensual.
Each 55 ml / 1.85 fl oz. fragrance comes in a sturdy, glass bottle of the highest Italian quality and an engraved metal cap with our signature ‘A’, as well as the newest technology for an invisible spray tube.
- Among the most popular recipes of the convent were concoctions of hot chocolate with infusions of jasmine, cinnamon, vanilla and Mexican chilies.
- Despite the religious discipline in this aristocratic convent, the nuns of Jesus Maria had time to experiment in their kitchens. With the help of servants from all over the Spanish colonies, they created wonderful recipes that combined Asian and European spices with Mexican ingredients.
- The Royal Convent of Jesus Maria was founded in 1578 for the female descendants of the Spanish conquistadors. Wealthy and aristocratic, they turned the convent into their own secret world. The structure is still standing in Mexico City’s Historic Center, though sadly in a dilapidated state.
- The proposed restoration for the Ex-Convent, including a reinterpretation of the complex history of the building was submitted as Master Thesis by Carlos Huber, as part of the M.S. degree in Historic Preservation, GSAPP, Columbia University.
- Sigüenza y Góngora, Carlos de, Parayso Occidental, plantado y cultivado en su magnífico Real Convento de Jesüs María de México, Mexico, 1684.
- Álvarez Gasca, Pedro, History of the Convent, document dated 1934; from the file found at the National Coordination of Historic Monuments, INAH.
- Benitez, Fernando, Los Demonios en el Convento: Sexo y Religion en la Nueva Espana, Ediciones Era, Mexico DF, 1985.
- Recetario de Dona Dominga de Guzman (a recipe book from 1750), Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes – Direccion General de Culturas Populares, Mexico, 1997.
- Corcuera de Mancera, Sonia, Entre gula y templanza: Un aspecto de la historia mexicana, Fondo de Cultura Economica, México, 1990.