Can a cocktail be good for you? Think about it this way: pairing fruits and vegetables with spirits gives cocktails a healthy twist. Whether you mix fruits and veggies right in or place them on the side, enjoy these springtime drinks with a touch of green as the weather warms up.
The Bank Saloon serves up history with its craft cocktails as well as beer from Nevada distilleries and breweries. The 122-year-old structure is included on the National Registry of Historic Buildings but its drinks add a twist to the 21st century including its version of an Old Fashion.
BANK OLD FASHION
2 ounces Frey Ranch Distillery bourbon
¼ ounce Demerara syrup (equal parts of Demerara sugar and water, heat till dissolved then cooled)
2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
1 dash of Angostura orange bitters
Garnish with Amarena black cherry and orange peel
Start by measuring all ingredients into an empty Yarai mixing glass. Prepare an old fashioned glass filling half the glass with ice. Large gourmet cubes are recommended to enhance the drink. Add ice to the Yarai mixing glass (filling it ½ to ¾ full) and immediately begin to stir using a bar spoon reaching the base of the Yarai. The temperature of the spirits will start to drop. Once the cocktail is cooled, place a Hawthorne strainer top of the Yarai and pour over fresh ice in the old fashion glass. Garnish and enjoy.
Locally owned MTO Café offers fresh, made-to-order comfort food for breakfast and lunch. With locations downtown and Downtown Summerlin, MTO Café offers a little something for everyone. Indulge in a brunch favorite.
1½ quarts fresh orange juice
2 cups raspberry puree
2 bottles champagne
Garnish: pineapple wedges, orange slices, and strawberries
In a pitcher, combine the fresh orange juice and raspberry puree. Add champagne and stir gently. Pour into a flute and top with fresh cut pineapple wedges, fresh cut oranges, and sliced strawberries.
Hash House Ago Go serves crafted cocktails to pair with “twisted” farm food inspired by the Midwest. Check out its Tractor Bar, and for Bloody Mary lovers, its signature B.L.T. Mary “combines” drink with a meal. For a sweeter palate, try the blueberry cocktail with flavor and antioxidants.
1¼ ounces 44 North Huckleberry Vodka
8 ounces of blueberry lemonade, retail or homemade
5-10 fresh blueberries
2 thin lemon slices
1 sprig fresh mint
To make homemade blueberry lemonade, add a handful of blueberries to regular lemonade and let sit overnight.
Fill a glass with ice and add 5 to 10 fresh blueberries and a lemon slice inside the glass. Add the vodka and blueberry lemonade; stir and garnish with the other lemon slice and fresh mint.