At the Bar: Mama Roja
A lucky libation on Lake Hefner
Photo by Shannon Cornman
With this issue’s focus on taco tastiness (p. 32), we thought a margarita might be in order as accompaniment – and one of our favorites in the city is found at Mama Roja, overlooking the lake at 9219 Lake Hefner Parkway. You’ll probably like it, too, especially if you’re superstitious.
The Horseshoe Margarita is named for its key ingredient of Herradura (Spanish for “horseshoe”) Silver Tequila. The highly rated spirit from Jalisco, Mexico, is made from 100 percent agave, aged 45 days in oak barrels for a mellow flavor, robust aroma and clean finish – it’s a pleasure to sip on its own, and makes a fantastic engine for powering a well-balanced margarita. Mama Roja bartenders combine it with what they call their house skinny mix – fresh lime juice, agave and orange juice – and serve it with a salt rim and fresh lime.
The Herradura distillery is approaching its 150th anniversary, and was owned by its founding family for more than 125 years, so its experts have become quite adept at creating a quality product. Originally named for its location, owner Aurelio Lopez supposedly changed it in honor of a horseshoe he found on the property – treating yourself to Mama Roja’s signature Herradura cocktail sounds like an excellent way to give yourself a luckier day.