La Espolóna Margarita

la espolona grapefruit margaritafrom El Pinto

“A refreshing twist on a traditional margarita is the La Espolóna, a refreshing cocktail made with fresh and sweet ruby red grapefruit, simple syrup and Espolón Silver Tequila. Beware: When this drink is made properly, you may not notice the tequila but only the sweet refreshing nature of the grapefruit. And if you are not a grapefruit lover, you may become one after a couple La Espolónas.” —Douglas Evilsizor, El Pinto

12 oz fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit
1.5 oz Espolón tequila
1.5 oz simple syrup
splash fresh lime juice

Serve in an 18 oz Tom Collins or highball glass. Garnish with a large circular wedge of grapefruit.

El Pinto, 10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, 505.898.1771,

Model T Margarita

Model T Margaritafrom Vintage 423


“The Model T Margarita is one of our popular summer drinks to sip while relaxing on the patio. This drink was created by Keila Harrington from National Distributing Company, a specialist in mixing up delicious refreshing drinks!” —Michelle Maestas, Vintage 423

1.5 oz Herradura Silver tequila
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz watermelon liqueur
.5 oz agave nectar
.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 slices of jalapeños, muddled

Shaken all together and poured over ice, this drink is served on the rocks!

Vintage 423, 10500 4th St NW, Albuquerque, 505.821.1918,

Cocktails for 2013

martiniby Melyssa Holik

Maybe you’re celebrating the end of a year that’s been good to you, or maybe you’re saying, “Thank God it’s finally over!” Whatever the case may be, New Year’s is a time for joy and jubilation. To help you ring in the new year with style, we talked to four Santa Fe mixologists to get their thoughts on what’s hot in cocktail culture now and what they predict for the coming year. Whether your tastes run toward the classic or the new and inventive, these cocktails will make a splash at any New Year’s Eve party and have you happily toasting well into 2013. Continue reading