Drink of the Week: Chimango

Bar C comes out with a fun warm-weather cocktail list every spring, and this year the theme is drinks “inspired by candy.” There’s a Snickers Old Fashioned with caramel and chocolate bitters, a Pink Parts with Luxardo Cherry and Fireball, and the delicious Chimango, which is like a margarita, but with mango juice and a tamarind-flavoured drinking vinegar called Tamarind Pok Pok. There’s even a tamarind fruit skin garnish for dessert!

I once had a tamarind margarita in Mexico, and this drink channels that one, with the added bonus of tasting like tart mango and carrying a lovely smoky essence thanks to the hit of mezcal. Be careful, though — the Chimango is easy to drink and, like its tagline promises, it will “take you right back to the time you can’t remember in Mexico…”

The Chimango, a tequila cocktail from Bar C, promises to "take you right back to the time you can't remember in Mexico…"

The Chimango, a tequila cocktail from Bar C, promises to “take you right back to the time you can’t remember in Mexico…”

Chimango

  • 1 oz Cazadores Reposado
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 oz Los Danzantes Mezcal
  • 1 oz lemon mango juice
  • 1/2 oz Tamarind Pok Pok (available at Vine Arts)
  • 1/3 Chamoy (available at Mexican markets/grocers)
  • Garnish: lime wheel and tamarind fruit skin

Method: Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake hard, then double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel and tamarind fruit skin.

— Recipe courtesy Bar C

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