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Photo by Julien Perry
This is The Laguna ($14) at Milagro Cantina in Kirkland. Order this when you want people to stare at you, because

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The Laguna at Milagro Cantina Won't Judge You. But Everyone Else Might.

TheLaguna.JPG
Photo by Julien Perry
This is The Laguna ($14) at Milagro Cantina in Kirkland. Order this when you want people to stare at you, because how could they not? Especially when you order one with no intention to share. Then, people stare at you for other reasons. They also mock you on Facebook: "Are you trying to become the Snooki of Seattle? You're almost there, girlfriend!"

This oversized novelty drink is much less alcoholic than you might imagine, about two ounces of booze. Bar supervisor Mark Sexauer made mine with El Jimador blanco (unaged tequila), fresh-squeezed grapefruit, lime and lemon juices, 7-Up, and of course, the upside-down Coronita. And don't ask if the bottle has been washed, because 1) you don't want to know the answer and 2) it's swimming in tequila which kills everything, including your good judgment.

"The idea isn't new. It's totally visual. It's an appearance drink," Sexauer says of the cocktail; its popularity based largely on what he calls The Mojito Effect. "It happens to me behind the bar all the time. The first mojito of the night gets sent out and you just go, 'Fuck! Now I'm going to make 20 of these things!' It's the power of suggestion. The Laguna is like the alcoholic version of yawning; one of these will go out and the next thing you know, everybody wants one."

(Which then reminds me of this video, and the drink becomes way more enjoyable).

"We don't put any syrups or anything high-fructose in the drink. It's all fresh stuff."

It's also really good and way too easy to drink. Go get one. Leave the Bumpit at home.

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