The Chimayo Cocktail

One of my favorite restaurants, Rancho de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM, makes a very interesting apple cider based cocktail, the only one I’ve ever had.  One doesn’t normally associate fresh apple cider with booze but this concoction works really well.  The bar there has a wonderful fireplace where I could happily while away the late afternoon and evening hours after a day exploring the Sangre de Cristo and before or after a great meal at one of their terrace tables.   My lovely daughter made these for us on Christmas eve and in the photo below I show one in front of our own fire.


  • 1 1/2 oz. gold tequila
  • 1 oz. apple cider
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. crème de cassis
  • Slice of apple

Half fill an 8 oz. cocktail glass with ice.   Pour all the ingredients over the ice and stir.  Garnish with an apple slice.

For more on Restaurante Rancho de Chimayo:


About Jim Cooper

Longtime Virginian originally from the West with an interest in food and drink from both places as well as vintage cocktails.
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