Photo by Gabriella Marks
Santa Fe's official Margarita Trail travels to 31 stops in pursuit of the perfect 'rita — with an accompanying app or physical passport to track your sipping progress. Here are a handful of favorites.
Fire & Smoke, Agave Restaurant & Lounge
Popular for après-work cocktails, this hot spot serves several elegant takes on Santa Fe's signature drink, but the Fire & Smoke tops the list. It blends Casa Noble blanco tequila with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal. A red-chile salt rim creates the fiery taste blend.
Sandia y Pepino, Anasazi Bar and Lounge
Known for its Silver Coin margaritas, this bar also boasts a dedicated tequila table. Its Santa Fe Margarita Trail signature cocktail mixes Silver Coin tequila, Cointreau, watermelon, and cucumber with a Tajín lime–salt rim for a refreshing summer thirst quencher.
Cadillac Margarita, Cowgirl BBQ
This downhome eatery is a local favorite for hearty meals and live music. The Cadillac Margarita (shown above) gets motors running with Azunia reposado, Grand Marnier, fresh-squeezed orange and lime juice, and a splash of sweet and sour. It's finished with a red-chile salt rim.
Norteño, Coyote Cantina
With its second-story rooftop cantina, which can be enclosed against the winter chill, Coyote Café is a tried-and-true destination for well-crafted cocktails, like its Santa Fe–centric Norteño with tequila, Cointreau, lime, and Hatch green-chile juice.
Margarita Seca, Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
Pace yourself at this margarita mecca: There are 180 'ritas on the menu here, all with 100 percent agave tequila. The Seca uses locally made liquor from Alcalde mixed with Sauza Blue reposado for a dry finish.
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Santa Fe School of Cooking
Michelle Chavez — who's cooked for presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton — and Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, culinary anthropologist and pre-eminent Native American chef, are both on the roster at this cooking school that welcomes amateur chefs for classes on everything from traditional New Mexican cuisine to contemporary Southwest flavors. The school also leads a restaurant walking tour and a New Mexico culture and cuisine outing.