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May 3, 2016: The new Santa Fe Margarita Trail opens Thursday May 5, 2016 as an ongoing cocktail and culinary experience for visitors and Santa Fe locals alike at 31 top area establishments. The Trail features highly creative restaurants, bars and mixologists who offer a special, uniquely designed and named margarita using the finest tequilas and ingredients. Many trail stops plan exciting events on opening day May 5 including:

Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa will feature classical guitarist Antonio Mendoza from 6:00 t0 8:00 p.m.

Anasazi Restaurant will feature a Mariachi band from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Coyote Rooftop Cantina will offer giveaways and tequila tasting from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Staab House Bar at La Posada de Santa Fe features Conchita, the Tequila Donkey from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. They will be offering full-size Juliaritas at the regular price—less $1 for Margarita Trail participants—$6 Juliarita tastings, gratuity included, shots of premium tequila from Conchita’s special saddle, and food specials.

“Celebrating the best food with your best friends is at the heart of living in or visiting Santa Fe,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales. “The Santa Fe Margarita Trail will help our visitors discover exceptional mixology talent and hidden cocktail gems in our city while they create very special memories.”

The margarita is a beloved beverage in Santa Fe by visitors and locals as it pairs ideally with Northern New Mexico cuisine and the social and celebratory nature of Santa Feans. The first question visitors often ask is “Where do I find the best margarita?” The Trail has a historical foundation in that the first place tequila was ever exported from Mexico was up the El Camino Real Trail to Santa Fe, the seat of Spanish Colonial power at the time.

The Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passport describes participating establishments and the recipe for each margarita. Passports are available for three dollars at the establishments and at TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers on Santa Fe Plaza, at the Railyard Depot, and The Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Passport holders collect stamps for each margarita sampled and can turn them in at the Santa Fe Visitor on the Santa Fe Plaza for a special Santa Fe Margarita Trail t-shirt, signed copy of “The Great Margarita Book” by Al Lucero, and other tiered gifts based on number of stamps received.

Margaritas cost between $7 and $12. Passports can only receive two stamps per day to help ensure people drink responsibly and keep the trail fun.

“Santa Fe is world renowned for rich, traditional and original culinary fare and cocktails as well as masterful mixologists,” said Randy Randall, Executive Director for TOURISM Santa Fe. “The new Santa Fe Margarita Trail celebrates people’s love for the margarita in Santa Fe whether enjoying elegant fine dining or more casual, laid-back atmospheres. ‘The City Different’ has been a memorable destination for centuries. The Margarita Trail will complement our storied history and guide visitors to creative and fun restaurants, bars, live music, and award winning regional cuisine they’ll never forget.”

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