Drink of the Week: The Cocktail Corner’s Batch Cocktails
In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one unique type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try at one of the countless breweries, bars and restaurants from around the basin.
You might call this week’s feature a pandemic pivot. Yes, instead of giving you just a single libation to whet your whistle, we’re giving you four — all available for tidy transport while you hang at home.
Before we run down the available cocktails, I think we need to explain what is meant by “batch.” Instead of a single drink artfully constructed one at a time, each cocktail is crafted in large batches and then packaged in Mason jars. The end result is a quart (32 ounces) full of goodness, ready to assist you in your home evening adventures. Or day adventures, no judgment here.
Hot Apple Pie. There’s no better representation for pie in a glass than this drink. Tahoe Blue vodka, Tuaca, apple cider, and cinnamon are the forces at play. If you really wanted to, you could treat this as a nightcap – but it’s probably more like a night sombrero – it’s bigger and ready to party.
Salty Raccoon. Reposado tequila is jostled around with rosemary oleo and a little bit of lemon juice to create this simple, yet elegant, cocktail. Throw in a torched sprig of rosemary and you get a smoking glass of deliciousness. It’s tequila all the way, but it never plays like “Mean Girls.” It stays smooth and never gets harsh.
Michelada Mix. Their very own Cali Common lager is mixed with Battle Born Michelada and lime for what I typically refer to as a bloody beer. Yes, they are a hangover’s best friend but also just as delightful the evening before. It’s quite light and refreshing and pairs well with just about any activity.
Old Fashioned. Russell’s Rye Whiskey, bitters, oleo (their house made simple syrup), and raw sugar are mixed together with a couple peels of orange and lemon and a Luxardo cherry. Like grandpa’s bald head, it’s smooth. You get just a slight hint of citrus, but it’s only slight. The whiskey does all the talking without going full whiskey on you.
If nothing else, order one for the cool Mason jar. They are not easy to find these days, which makes it a perfect 2020 collector’s item. You can either bring back for 20% off your next batch or keep as a drinking glass to ring in 2021. Win-win.
The Tahoe Cocktail Corner is located at 2042 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (in the Crossing at Tahoe Valley) in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit them online at tahoecocktailcorner.com or call at 530-600-2751.
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Sheila E. Performing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe