Ask A Las Vegas Expert: Your Top Hot Winter Drink

Ask A Las Vegas Expert: Your Top Hot Winter Drink

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
Tippling Bros.
www.tipplingbros.com

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

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 liters apple cider
  • 1.5 ounces of Old Overholt Rye whiskey
  • half a large stick of Mexican cinnamon
  • a handful of cloves
  • 6 large sprigs of thyme
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 4 roasted chiles de arbol, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar

Directions:

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.

Manzanaasada

Ingredients: 

  • 1 oz. blanco tequila
  • .5 oz. mezcal
  • 1.5 oz. apple cider
  • .75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Spice sugar (2 parts sugar, one part cinnamon, 1 part ground nutmeg, .5 part ancho chile)
  • Garnish with diced red apple on top 

Directions:

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.

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Pera Te 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. black tea infused blanco tequila 
  • .25 oz. mezcal 
  • 1.5 oz. pear puree 
  • .75 oz. fresh lime juice 
  • .75 oz. agave nectar 
  • Chili pepper for garnish

Directions: 

Shake all ingredients over ice and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a chile pepper-dusted pear slice.

Smokey Cider

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. tequila blanco
  • .5 oz. mezcal
  • 1.5 oz. apple cider
  • .75 lemon juice
  • Ginger beer
  • Spice sugar (2 parts sugar, one part cinnamon, 1 part ground nutmeg, .5 part ancho chile)

 

Directions:

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!

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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.