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Quintessential Quaffs: Signature Cabo Cocktails

As a former bartender, I have nothing but respect for a well-crafted cocktail. But the drink-maker’s art goes beyond creative recipes or mere technical skill. The true art lies in creating a drink that personifies the place in which it was born. We can argue all day about whether the martini originated in Martinez, California (I’ve got plenty of free time, and some very strong opinions), but there is little question that the daiquiri will forever be associated with Havana. In that spirit, if you’ll pardon the pun, here are five delicious cocktails that, once tried, will forever remind you of Cabo San Lucas.

Capella Sling, Capella Pedregal

Cabo’s most luxurious resort also boasts one of the area’s better cocktail menus, with some creative tropical quaffs that are perfect for afternoons by the pool. Margarita lovers will want to try the Spicy Mango variation of this popular Mexican cocktail, enlivened by the addition of half a teaspoon of Tajin Chipotle. But remember, you shouldn’t neglect your antioxidants just because you’re on vacation (permanent, in my case). That’s why I prefer the Capella Sling, made with pomegranate-infused tequila, premium vodka, raspberry, grenadine, fresh lime juice, soda, and garnished with an orange wedge. Try one of these tasty treats, and you’ll instantly understand why Capella is one of the world’s most highly rated resorts.

The Capella Sling is a signature Cabo cocktail.

The Waborita, Cabo Wabo Cantina

Everybody knows Cabo Wabo. Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar also fronts this famed downtown cantina, known for its live music, lively atmosphere, and impressive array of creative tequila-based cocktails. The Waborita is one of the cantina’s most addictive offerings. The colorful concoction is made with Cabo Wabo tequila, of course, which is poured into a salt-rimmed glass with Damiana, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, and a splash of Blue Curacao. Damiana, by the way, is a Baja liqueur known for its qualities as an aphrodisiac. But don’t take my word for it. Try a couple of Waboritas and see for yourself. Here’s the recipe:

     Ingredients:

Directions:  Combine the ingredients in a shaker, with ice.  Shake a few times, strain and pour into a salt-rimmed   margarita or martini glass!
 

 

Guayaba Mojito, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina

Regional Mexican Cuisine is the calling card of Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the onsite restaurant at Hacienda Beach Club and Residences, and the homegrown flavors extend to the cocktail menu. The restaurant boasts several outstanding margaritas, including a well-built Jamaica Margarita with a splash of syrup made from dried hibiscus flowers. But let’s face it, great margaritas aren’t exactly scarce in Los Cabos. Great mojitos, on the other hand, are a bit harder to find. The traditional Cuban cocktail gets some non-traditional, Cabo-style twists at the Hacienda, and my personal favorite is the Guayaba, made with rum, tropical guava puree, mint, lime, sugar cane syrup, and a splash of soda. Pair it with a Cohiba, then sit back and enjoy the restaurant’s spectacular Land’s End views.

Xtabentun Flaming Coffee Cocktail, Lorenzillo’s Live Lobster House

After you’ve tucked into the langosta at this popular live lobster house, remove your bib and try one of the restaurant’s flaming coffee cocktails. These caffeinated postprandials are available with a variety of premium liquors, including Sauza’s Tres Generaciones triple-distilled tequila and Jameson’s Irish Whiskey. But given that this is a big year for followers of the Mayan calendar, I recommend trying the D’Aristi Xtabentun. This delicious Yucatan liqueur is made from rum, anise, and fermented honey, and provides an excellent base for the restaurant’s signature cocktail. The liqueur is heated and poured into a sugar rimmed glass, then topped with coffee, whipped cream, and cinnamon. If the world does end on December 21st, you’ll want to have a couple of these in your system.

 

Flaming coffee, anyone? 

Cabo Fire, Cabo Lounge

I know what you’re thinking: “What if I love flaming drinks, but it’s too late for coffee?”

Good question. Rips’ Bar may have the town’s coolest drink (and the preparation of their colorful rainbow shots has to be seen to be believed), but Cabo Lounge has the hottest. The Lounge is beloved amongst locals for its $1 food menu and free internet access, but owner and bartender Juan Tatemura’s most popular contribution to local culture is the Cabo Fire shot. Juan’s creation is a combination of Smirnoff vodka and banana liqueur mixed with a flaming shot of Cointreau, and served with an apple slice and cinnamon powder. Don’t forget to blow out the flame before drinking. Liquor-induced lip injuries aren’t covered by most major insurance providers.

 

General Information:

Capella Pedregal – 1 Camino del Mar, (624) 163-4300

Cabo Wabo – Calle Guerrero, between Madero and Lazaro Cardenas, (624) 143-1188

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina – Calle Gomez Farias, (624) 163-3144

Lorenzillo’s – Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas. (624) 105-0214

Cabo Lounge – Marina Boulevard, (624) 116-2238

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as Baja.com, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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