Drinks and Cocktails

“Cider Press” (Chimayó Cocktail)

To experience the Spanish Southwest, visit a town like Chimayó with its adobe churches and apple orchards planted by Spanish missionaries. Chimayó’s superlative apple cider was the inspiration for this cocktail served at the Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe.


“Cider Press” (Chimayó Cocktail)

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 1 large apple, rinsed
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 cups fresh apple cider
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) tequila
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) crème de cassis
  • 2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Core the apple and cut it into 8 wedges. Put the apple wedges in a small nonreactive bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon of the lime juice.

Step 2: Just before serving, combine the cider, tequila, crème de cassis, and the remaining 5 tablespoons of lime juice in a pitcher with the 2 cups of ice. Stir well until all the ingredients are mixed. Pour the Chimayó Cocktail into ice-filled highball glasses. Press an apple wedge onto the rim of each glass for garnish and serve at once.

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