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Chimayo Cocktail Recipe

Apr 11, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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There is a saying that necessity is the mother of invention.  The world of mixology is no different, in that many people create particular cocktails using the resources that they have around them.  The drink is a perfect embodiment of this, as it was supposedly created because of the abundance of apples in the area.

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Often times, the history of a cocktail is a web of conflicting stories and testaments, as various people attempt to take credit for a drink that has exploded in popularity over the years and provided countless of good times.  In this case, the cocktail is a bit refreshing – as its history is remarkably straightforward. Specifically, a man by the name of Arturo Jaramillo invented the cocktail, in the Rancho de Chimayo (the restaurant he owned), in the city of Chimayo, New Mexico, in 1965. As mentioned before, he was resourceful by using what he had nearby, because he put all of the apples that were plentiful in the Chimayo valley to use, and simultaneously created a cocktail that brought his restaurant much success, and put him in the cocktail history books forever.  


  • 1.5 ounces of tequila
  • 1 ounce of unfiltered apple cider
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce of crème de cassis


  1. Pour the tequila in the glass, then add the cider.
  2. Add the lemon juice and crème de cassis to give the drink its distinct taste.
  3. Stir well, and enjoy!


  • Lemon wedges
  • Glass

It should be noted that the particular cider used is non-alcoholic, and not the alcoholic version of cider.  If a garnish is necessary, it usually comes in the form of an apple slice. There are times when a cocktail is born out of a location, and a city becomes synonymous with a certain drink, and this drink certainly exemplifies that situation.  It’s always a beautiful thing when someone can simultaneously create a great cocktail for the world to enjoy, while simultaneously helping their local area profit, and become a city forever in the annals of cocktail books. Interestingly enough, the city is also considered somewhat of a spiritual center and a “healing site” of a city.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a tequila fanatic, love apple-themed cocktails, or simply want to try something new, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be trying the unique cocktail soon. Raise one up for Mr. Jaramillo and thank him for creating the drink!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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