Photography: Courtesy Hotel St. Francis/Secreto Lounge
Photography: Courtesy Hotel St. Francis/Secreto Lounge

This twist on the popular cocktail is a perfect tipple year-round.

The Secreto Lounge shouldn’t be a secret. Inside Santa Fe’s Hotel St. Francis, the bar showcases the craft of spirits with its vision garden-to-glass cocktails, concentrating on the freshest organic and locally sourced ingredients. At the helm is award-winning mixologist Chris Milligan who believes handcrafted cocktails should be more than a drink. They should be a personal experience. Secreto’s margarita, currently on the menu, is that — any time of year.

Photography: Courtesy Hotel St. Francis/Secreto Lounge
Photography: Courtesy Hotel St. Francis/Secreto Lounge

Smoked Sage Margarita

1½ ounces añejo tequila
1 ounce orange liqueur
½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
2 sage leaves
Smoked sea salt
Lime wheel

Combine liquid ingredients in a mixing glass. Invert a cocktail shaker and ignite a sage leaf underneath, capturing the smoke inside the shaker.

Fill the mixing glass with ice, cap with the smoke-filled shaker, and shake for 10 seconds.

Strain into a glass rimmed with smoked sea salt and filled with ice. Garnish with remaining sage leaf and lime wheel.

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