"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.
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."
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!
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
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.
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