Thirsty Thursday: K-38 from Curadero

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Curadero located at Kimpton hotel Palomar in Downtown San Diego brings the authentic flavors of Mexico north of the border. Their K-38 cocktail mixes rum, mezcal, and tomatillo together, creating a bountiful barrel of flavor. Named after the iconic Baja surf spot, The K-38 cocktail is made of Caña Brava white rum, Mezcal Vago Elote, muddled tomatillo, fresh lemon and seltzer – all the makings of a swell time.

K-38 is a famous cluster of excellent surf breaks located at Kilometer 38 of the Baja Highway 1. Anyone who has surfed northern Baja knows K-38. It is famous because it is almost always surfable, and when it gets big, it is really good. There are four main breaks in the K-38 neighborhood. The Point, The Left, Maria’s, and Theresa’s – also called El Morro after the restaurant in front of the break.

The Point is known for its long rides – sometimes up to 200 yards. Depending on the conditions, it can be ridden with a long or shortboard. The Left is not a stellar left, but on some days it is workable. Maria’s is known for its beginner waves and consistent breaks – always a good time.  Theresa’s – or El Morro is the most aggressive break in the community and is mostly a shortboard wave.

For those who long for the epic waves of Baja’s K-38, look no further. Curadero’s K-38 cocktail is sure to have you pitted. Check out our video below with lead bartender Alex Gregg, as he shows us exactly how to make their signature cocktail, the K-38.



Curadero (Kimpton Hotel Palomar)


  • Diced Fresh Tomatilla
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz Mezcal
  • 3/4 oz White Rum


  • Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake
  • Fill rocks glass with mixture
  • Add ice
  • Top with Mexican Soda
  • Garnish with a Fresh Tomatillo
  • Enjoy!

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