Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Hard Rock Alpine Union’s Bear Trap |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Hard Rock Alpine Union’s Bear Trap

The Bear Trap at Alpine Union is is refreshing but not too hard.
Rob Galloway / Lake Tahoe Action

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

As the name would indicate, this week’s drink definitely has some teeth. But Alpine Union’s Bear Trap doesn’t go all “Shark Week” and take a big bite at once — it’s more like I’d imagine getting nipped in the throat from a very gentle (perhaps loving) vampire.

The drink consists of Don Julio Reposado, honey, lemon, almond syrup and milk. It’s garnished with breakfast cereal, which adds to the playfulness of the cocktail.

It also gives some foreshadowing about what you’re about to dive into because this cocktail definitely reminds me of being a kid (or an adult — don’t judge) and slurping up that marinated milk after a bowl full of your favorite morning meal.

Like the first tracks on a bluebird day, the drink is refreshing without trying too hard. The lemon is first in the conga line of flavor, although while sweet initially, it gives way to the crisp, ice-cold milk.

From there, it’s all about the almond syrup and the tequila. They may seem like an odd couple on paper but in the end, much like Ann Darrow and King Kong, there’s nothing but love.

The almond syrup really balances out the tequila so for those of you who are shy from being bitten by the tequila monster at some point in your life, this may be the drink that can ease you back into the fold.

The honey elevates all of the other components, bringing just a little extra umph to each ingredient. It adds just the right amount of sweetness — this could be Winnie the Pooh’s (perhaps the world’s most famous bear) drink of choice.

For those of you who just pictured Winnie the Pooh in a bear trap, you’re sick.

Alpine Union is located inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 50 U.S. 50 in Stateline, Nevada. They are open 7 a.m. – midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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