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Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: MontBleu Ciera Steak + Chophouse’s Party Margarita

Rob Galloway
rgalloway@tahoedailytribune.com

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.

I know what you're thinking for this week's drink: a plain old margarita, really?

Well, one: Sometimes something as classic as Charlie Brown in his vintage zig-zag T-shirt is just what the doctor ordered. Two: This is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill margarita drink. This is a DRINK. And Three: If the word "party" is in front of any drink, aren't you just a little bit intrigued?

I realize not too long ago I referenced not being the biggest fan of margaritas. That's because most of the time they are sweeter than Snow White dipped in sugar, which this is not.

Sure, you have the standard criminal lineup of Sauza Gold, sweet and sour, lime juice, and triple sec served over ice, but there's such a hearty pour of tequila that it seems to balance out the sweet without being overbearing with that tequila flavor.

Don't get me wrong, it's there and you definitely feel it's presence — much like Patrick Swayze's character in "Ghost" — but you don't need Whoopi Goldberg to narrate what's going on. You know exactly what the 411 is.

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After the initial encounter with the tequila, you get a very clean and crisp carpet ride from the sweet and sour and triple sec then just like Keyser Soze, it's gone.

If you're wondering why is it called the "party" margarita, wonder no longer. This classic margarita is available for single consumption, but if you want to get a little cray-cray with about four friends, it also comes in a supersize glass about the size of my head — and I have a big ol' fat head.

Needless to say, whether looking for the comfort of that old childhood woobie, or have a hankering to load up the herd and drink from the trough … er … insanely large glass, Ciera has definitely got you covered.

Ciera Steak + Chophouse is located inside the MontBleu Resort Casino at 55 U.S. 50 in Stateline, Nevada.

Tapas happy hour at Ciera Bar runs from 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday, and the restaurant opens at 5:30 p.m. nightly.

For information check out montbleuresort.com/dining/ciera/.