Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: The Loft’s Tuk-Tuk Express |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: The Loft’s Tuk-Tuk Express

The Loft’s Tuk-Tuk Express takes you on an elevator ride of taste that’s sure to stop on every flavor floor.
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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.

For those of you Inspector Gadgets out there wondering what a tuk tuk is, I’ll save you the Google search — it’s essentially a three-wheeled motorized rickshaw. It’s very fitting because this week’s drink (The Loft’s Tuk-Tuk Express) sure does take you for a ride.

The name might suggest we’re about ready to explore the Far East (which to a degree it does), but it’s more like an east meets west mash up. Think of a samurai in Mexico and this eastern margarita might just be what the doctor ordered after a hard night in TJ.

Curry-washed tequila, poblano chile liqueur, coconut liqueur, black pepper, honey, lime and pineapple juices, and tajin seasoning around the rim of the glass — all that’s missing is the kitchen sink.

As one might expect with all these ingredients, we’re in for an elevator ride that’s sure to stop on every floor of flavor.

You know those smells in the springtime that are undeniably some of our favorites? Like fresh cut grass or rain on a warm day? Yeah, the initial smell of this cocktail is all of those rolled into one.

It’s a perfect bridge cocktail to put the worries of winter behind and to let summer know you see it coming — and that you’re bringing a little feistiness this year.

When the tajin-spice rim first mixes with the curried tequila, if your taste buds don’t say “WTF am I drinking but in a good way” then you may want to get them checked.

The gift that keeps on giving continues the assault on the senses with the citrus flavors, then finishes with some type of Houdini spiced-coconut farewell.

I’d recommend not thinking too hard about all the flavors that are bouncing around and just go along for the ride.

It’s sure to be like something you’ve never had before — kind of like a Tijuana Tuk Tuk — although that sounds like a story for another day.

The Loft opens daily at 5 p.m., and is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way. Learn more online at or call 530-523-8024.

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