Dash of Betrayal

As served at the El Cortez on Oct. 22 (see below), $3

“Tequila makes your clothes come off!” Or so I’m told. But when Vegas Seven needed the perfect cocktail to pair with “The Tell,” an evening of seven unscripted, true cheating stories as told by local and national literary luminaries, the Nevada Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild heard the siren’s call, donned their red blazers and came a-runnin’.

Created by Drew Levinson, beverage development director for Wirtz Beverage Nevada and treasurer of the USBG Nevada Chapter, the Dash of Betrayal is definitely a cocktail to cheat by. The spiciness of the jalapeños, combined with the soft sweetness of the honey, creates delicious conflict and complexity within the same cocktail. Bright red in color, the Dash of Betrayal represents all the passion and drama of deceit among lovers. This drink will suit anyone looking for adventure, and perhaps a little trouble …

  • 1½ ounces jalapeño-infused Corzo silver tequila
  • ½ ounce Solerno blood orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce premium honey
  • ½ ounce Monin blood orange syrup

Combine ingredients in a shaker over ice, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.