5 Reasons to Quench Your Thirst

5 Reasons to Quench Your Thirst

There’s nothing quite like a little liquid refreshment to cap off a day of sightseeing in Southern New Mexico. The area’s food and drink capital, Las Cruces, N.M., offers travelers a creative assortment of cocktails, local wines, craft brews and more, leaving them with a delicious dilemma – which to choose?   Here are Las Cruces’ “Top Five Sips for Thirsty Travelers.”

50 Shades of Margarita
The debate over where the margarita got started continues, but there’s one thing that nobody questions: Las Cruces’ extensive margarita offerings are off the charts! Guests can sample more than 50 different renditions at the Double Eagle in Mesilla.  For starters, there are the Guava Margarita, El Diablo Margarita and even the Turquoise Margarita (with a turquoise stone garnish). Just a few steps from there is La Posta de Mesilla, famous for its Chile ‘Rita: an exotic, slightly spicy margarita with a blackberry/habanero sauce, served in a hand-blown “chile” stem glass.

Ale Trail
Sipping a local beer not only refreshes, it also captures the unique home-grown flavors of the city you’re in. Luckily, Las Cruces has several of its own craft breweries including Bosque Brewing Company Taproom, High Desert Brewery and Spotted Dog Brewery. If you want to drink like a true local, don’t miss out on the Pecan Beer at De La Vega’s Pecan Grill and Brewery. Ale Trail Map

Caliche’s Green Chile Treats
For a non-alcoholic frozen treat on a warm day, Caliche’s is the perfect stop. Among its many unique offerings stands a true Las Cruces staple, the Green Chile Smoothie, containing green chile marmalade and topped with your favorite fruit.

Follow the Grapes
The Las Cruces Wine Trail features 10 local wineries and wine-tasting venues.  Unbeknownst to many, this is actually the oldest wine-producing region in North America with fertile soil and great growing conditions. Wine lovers can sample American as well as European wines at St. Clair Winery & Bistro or visit the oldest “modern” winery, La Viña, which was established in 1977. Sunday afternoons on the patio at Rio Grande Vineyard and Winery are particularly alluring with live music, house made sangrias and views of the nearby mountains. Wine Trail Map

Hello, blues!
So much for red, white and rose!  The blue drinks and other specialty cocktails of the cool, sophisticated Mezcla Lounge in Las Cruces’ Hotel Encanto are demanding equal time. Try a Grapevine Smash or a Pineapple Blueberry Martini.  And the best bargain in town?  Mingle with locals and other travelers at the bar’s “4 for $4” happy hours, featuring craft drafts, house wines, well drinks, and appetizers for $4 each.

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Blacksmith at NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market

Chalk-art artist at the Farmers & Crafts Market

Rio Grande Winery at dawn

Afternoon at Rio Grande Winery

La Posta de Mesilla has one of the best patios to enjoy and evening cocktail

Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Mounument

Roadside roadrunner made entirely from recycled materials pulled from local landfill

Poolside at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces

Walk of Flame Green Chile Trail in Las Cruces

A sack of red chile during harvest season

Dining at St. Clair Winery and Bistro

Dining in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Enjoying a glass of wine on the Rio Grande Winery patio

Riding the dunes at White Sands National Monument

Hiking in the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument

Shopping on the historic Mesilla Plaza

Stars over the Organ Mountains

Rockin’ out at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival

The party goes all night at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival

Ristras hanging on the Mesilla Plaza

Riding the dunes at White Sands National Monument

Hiking in the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument

Taking a selfie break in the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks National Monument