Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Kalani’s Pretty Lady Martini |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Kalani’s Pretty Lady Martini

Kalani’s Pretty Lady Martini drinks more like Catherine Tramell from "Basic Instinct" instead of Vivian Ward from “Pretty Woman.”
Rob Galloway / Tahoe Daily Tribune

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.

With a name like Pretty Lady Martini, one might expect this cocktail to reminiscent of Vivian Ward from “Pretty Woman.” But that’s quite the contrary. This drinks more like Catherine Tramell from “Basic Instinct” – a lot of attitude and not quite as sweet as it looks.

That may have a little something to do with its ingredients. Vodka is the spirit of choice, and is joined in the shaker with X-Rated fusion liqueur, PAMA Liqueur and grapefruit juice. It then does the hippy hippy shake, gets poured into the traditional Martini drinking vessel and garnished with a slice of lime.

The liqueurs do the blue-collar job here. X-rated, which just sounds like you’re in for a good time, is a fusion of vodka and blood orange with mango and passion fruits. And the PAMA is a pomegranate liqueur. All of those, along with the grapefruit juice give a nice crisp citrus whiff during each time your nose plunges in the glass for a sip.

They all balance each other quite nicely into a sweet and tart experience that those little chalky Valentine’s Day hearts would be jealous of. Ending with a nice pulpy finish gives just the right amount of kick for a Chuck Norris sequel.

And yes, you’ll want a Chuck Norris sequel. Because Chuck Norris doesn’t throw up if he drinks too much. Chuck Norris throws down.

Kalani’s is located at 1001 Heavenly Village Way (suite 26) in South Lake Tahoe with happy hour running seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit or call (530) 544-6100.

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