Winter in Las Vegas is different than anywhere else. First of all, it doesn’t get that cold, and second, Las Vegans still spend a lot of time outside. Still, it’s nice to cozy up with a warm winter cocktail by the indoor or outdoor fireplace. Grocery store egg nog concoctions can be boring and unappetizing. Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros. and Mercadito has put together recipes for some unconventional winter cocktails, sure to warm your bones.
Tad Carducci has spent more than twenty years in the hospitality industry as both a bartender and a beverage consultant. He has won several cocktail competitions, co-owns Tippling Bros. and is a partner in the Mercadito Restaurant group, which includes a location here in Las Vegas. He has been featured in all types of media including the NY Times, Travel and Leisure magazine, NBC’s Today Show and eater.com.
Mulled Hot Cider
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan or tea kettle and simmer for 15 minutes. Combine 4 ounces of the mulled cider with 1.5 ounces of Old Overholt Rye whiskey. Top with fresh grated nutmeg and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
Combine all ingredients in a Collins glass, except the beer. Rim a glass with spice sugar. Do this by wetting the rim with tequila and dabbing the edge into the spice sugar in a circular motion. Strain mixture over ice and top with ginger beer and garnish.
Shake all ingredients over ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a chile pepper-dusted pear slice.
Rim a Collins glass with spiced sugar rim. Combine all ingredients and strain over fresh ice. Top off with ginger beer and garnish with diced apples. You could also make a hot version of this drink by heating up the apple cider and lemon juice and then adding the mezcal and tequila. Remember when you heat liquor, the alcohol burns off!
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.