EL MERCADO MODERN CUISINE, a Michelin-listed destination for regional Mexican cuisine and spirits, has used chamoy in cocktails before, but the new Jalisco-inspired I’m Not Fancy is on another level. A mini slow cooker is filled with Firme Mezcal, guanábana liqueur, chamoy, orange, and lime. Heftier than a garnish and intended to be eaten simultaneously, an orange slice with a large “M” stenciled in chamoy and sal de gusano tops a gigantic ice cube. 301 N. SPURGEON ST., SANTA ANA, 714-338-2446
Most of the half-dozen margaritas at new fast-casual beachside taqueria SUPER PANGA are rimmed with chamoy and Tajín. One showcases prickly pear and chipotle; another, El Corazon, uses passion fruit, blood orange, and pomegranate. Enjoy them with the white rockfish ceviche, short rib birria taco, or Pangadilla—a stuffed and folded quesadilla. The boardwalk spot just added indoor dining and an open-air tequila bar.
2110 W. OCEANFRONT, NEWPORT BEACH, 949-561-1700
Two cocktails at PUESTO MEXICAN ARTISAN KITCHEN use mango, chamoy, and Tajín-salt rims: the aptly named Puesto Perfect Michelada, with Puesto Clara Lager, house-made clamato, and fresh lime; and the Fruit Cart Margarita, with Patrón blanco tequila, pineapple, watermelon, and cucumber. Both go beautifully with blue corn tacos layered with crispy melted cheese and premium toppings. Check out the new Westin Anaheim Resort location and its octagonal kitchen-view booths. 1040 W. KATELLA AVE., ANAHEIM, 714-294-0362
MUTT’S EASTBLUFF has a large menu; the CoronaRita isn’t on it. But the cocktail—a margarita with a mini bottle of Corona upside-down in a 32-ounce schooner with
a chamoy-Tajín rim—is always available, an open secret for fans of parent Mutt Lynch’s. The new Mutt’s is engagingly designed—think eclectic Americana—and family-friendly. Like at its predecessor, which has been open for 45 years, the Christmas lights are on year-round. 2531 EASTBLUFF DRIVE, NEWPORT BEACH, 949-719-0635