Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Harveys TaCo Cantina’s Purple Rain Margarita |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Harveys TaCo Cantina’s Purple Rain Margarita

The Purple Rain Margarita from TaCo Cantina is, at its core, a raspberry margarita. But it's dialed up to 11.
Rob Galloway / Lake Tahoe Action

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin. In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

While some drinks are a little bit country, this week’s drink is a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. The Purple Rain Margarita from the newly christened TaCo Cantina is the drink you’re looking for if fun on a Friday is the mission at hand.

Altos Plata tequila, sweet and sour, lime juice, and triple sec are topped off with a Chambord black raspberry liqueur. If you’re thinking it sounds like a lot of liquor in a drink, you win the “that’s obvious” award.

I’m not sure how many it would take to get the party started for your night, but it was about halfway for me, so take ‘er slow. Or, if you can’t drive 55, make sure you call shotgun on the way home.

The drink itself has a lot of fun. Sure it’s a margarita, but it’s like that old Bazooka Joe gum. You get the gum, but you also get a comic to go along with it, which ratchets up the entertainment experience.

The drinking experience is pretty straightforward. It’s a simple raspberry margarita at heart, but it’s dialed up to 11 so that you can maximize your evening — or lunch — I won’t judge.

With a name like Purple Rain, you can’t help but tie it to the man himself, Prince. I could definitely see him sitting at the corner of a bar tended by Willy Wonka and with one of these in tow. Or, by pure color association alone, this may be a drink backstage for the guy in the Barney costume. Because who wouldn’t need a drink after an episode of that?

TaCo is located inside Harveys Casino located at the corner of U.S. 50 and Stateline Avenue. Look for them on the lobby level next to the arcade. For information, check them out online or call at 775-588-2411.

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