Make Your Own Garden-to-Glass Cocktail

It's easy to find inspired takes on the margarita in Santa Fe, from spicy infusions to offbeat fruit and vegetable pairings. But Secreto Lounge's cocktail list really stands out—thanks in no small part due to the bar's garden-to-glass philosophy and concerted efforts to do a lot more than just modify the marg. Here, get the recipe for the Wish Granted—we've decided it's the closest we'll ever come to sipping the sunset.

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"We always use fresh ingredients and make our syrups from scratch. That's the way bartenders did things before the Industrial Revolution," says Chris Milligan, who has looked after the menu at Secreto Lounge since it opened, seven years ago. "Drinks were made reflecting the season and what was available, and that's how we do it here." In Santa Fe, the local bounty often includes apples, apricots, piñon nuts, sunflowers, and chiles (to name a few), and Milligan is always eager to incorporate them into new cocktail recipes.

Muddling fresh ingredients is the key to bringing out the brightest flavors.
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The Wish Granted was inspired not by a seasonal ingredient, but a guest. "It was a drink I made one day when a guest asked for something with mango—I liked it so much I put it on our menu," says Milligan. "It's a wonderful flow of flavors. Tequila and mango go great together, and are complemented and contrasted by the Campari and orange juice."

Tequila! Campari! Deliciousness!
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It's only a coincidence that the finished cocktail looks a lot like Santa Fe's distinct, deep-orange sunset—but it's one that will transport you there, no matter where you drink it.

Get the recipe below!

Smooth and summery—pretty much perfection in a glass.

Wish Granted

2 ounces yellow mango

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce honey syrup

1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila

3/4 ounce Campari

1 ounce fresh orange juice

1 orange slice

1 cherry

Muddle the mango, lemon, and honey in a cocktail shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Double strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, then garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.

Learn more about Secreto Lounge at secretolounge.com or just stop by 210 Don Gaspar Avenue for a drink!

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