A Red Chile Cocktail at Hotel St. Francis' Secreto Bar Will Give You a Kick
In New Mexico, chiles—the unofficial state fruit, yeah, fruit—are piled on every dish, from burgers to enchiladas. And at the Hotel St. Francis' Secreto Bar and Loggia in Santa Fe, it's even used in cocktails.
The Spicy Secreto sports a rim of housemade red chile salt that adds a little fire to the drink. The savory cocktail is also made with Cabana Cachaca, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, cane syrup, lime and jalapeño juices—in case the red chile rim wasn't enough heat for you—with a fresh cucumber garnish.
The Spicy Secreto costs $11 and is part of the bar's Seasonal and Market Fresh Cocktails menu, which uses in-season produce outta New Mexico for its ingredients. In case your palate can't handle the punch, the bar offers other libations. Even better, just point to mango or other fruit on display at the bar, and the bartender will whip up a custom-made concoction for you.
But if you are looking to warm up on a chilly fall Santa Fe night, sitting in a brown woven leather chair in the dimly lit, small but cozy bar and sipping a Spicy Secreto will hit the spot.
[Photo: Jennifer Kester]