Mucho Mucho Amor Cocktail by El Tamarindo – The GW Hatchet

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The rainbow limited-edition cocktail, revealed at the end of May, honors “LGBTQ+ and Latinx icon” Walter Mercado and the proceeds from his sales are donated to Casa Ruby – a community center for LGBTQ+ youth in the capital.

Celebrate the pride this month at El Tamarindo in Adams Morgan with a revenue-generating specialty cocktail for local LGBTQ+ youth and an extensive menu of Mexican and Salvadoran cuisine.

This casual Central American joint is located at the bottom of Adams Morgan’s racy 18th Street lane at 1785 Florida Ave. NW and has been a neighborhood landmark for decades. Open until 2am on the weekends, El Tamarindo is a convenient place for a late-night snack after the clubs in the area, and its large outdoor patio is perfect for an afternoon drinking and dining with friends.

In addition to the covered patio, the restaurant has two dining areas and a bar inside where the walls are filled with an array of paintings and hanging pictures depicting Latin icons giving the place a homey vibe. Other than the artwork and strings of colorful hanging country flags, the aesthetic is nothing special – everything inside from the floors and tables to the walls is a shade of brown.

Fortunately, it’s food and drink that has earned El Tamarindo awards as one of the 50 most influential Washington, D.C. restaurants of the last century and Best Salvadoran Restaurant in the Washington City Paper in 2021.

Whether you’re barely hungry and just want to eat a full meal or you’re ready for a full meal, our tamarindo menu can accommodate you.

For a snack, try one of the nine pupusas—a thick corn tortilla stuffed with ingredients, such as chorizo ​​and jalapeno for $3.65 each. Sweet corn ($3.75) or chicken ($3.50) tamales and beef empanadas ($8.75 for two) are perfect options if you’re in an appetizing mood.

For larger portions, look at the El Tamarindo Specials section of the menu featuring dishes like burritos (starting at $17.50), fajitas (starting at $17.50) and tender tacos (starting at $17.25). If you’re in the mood for seafood, check out the mariscos portion of the menu featuring a full selection of fried fish a day ($23.99).

While the food was tempting, I stopped specifically to try the Pride Month-themed El Tamarindo specialty cocktail called Mucho Mucho Amor ($12). A limited-edition “Colors of the Rainbow” cocktail, unveiled at the end of May, Walter Mercado “LGBTQ + and Latinx icon” honors Walter Mercado, a popular Puerto Rican television and astrologer, and the proceeds from his sales are donated to Casa Ruby – a community center for LGBTQ youth + In the capital, according to a post by the restaurant on Facebook.

The drink consists of a red topping of cherry puree, a swirl of bright orange mango puree mixed with Don Q rum and a beautiful ocean-like topping of Blue Curacao. It is served in a tall cylindrical glass to show off the colorful blend of flavour, framed by small rainbow sprinkles and adorned with an orange slice, maraschino cherries and a small pride flag.

As someone who is not a big fan of the taste of liquor, this drink was perfect – the sweetness and aroma of the mango and cherry puree were the dominant flavor of the cocktail. The cold puree also gave the drink a saturated texture, similar to the frozen cocktail that made me fantasize about drinking it on the beach. A blend of white rum and blue curacao make a smooth but powerful kick.

If you don’t like your drinks too sweet, try El #1 ($10) with Don Q rum, mint, lemon, tamarindo juice and soda, or the #BuildItOnTheNationalMall Michelada ($9.50), a Modelo Especial beer cocktail or Negra Modelo with a spicy tamarindo tagine rim.

Whatever the occasion, time of day or hunger level, you will leave El Tamrindo satisfied and excited for your next visit.

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