Seven reasons to lift up a glass

1. After months of stalking—er, patiently waiting, I finally got to experience the rollout of Sirio’s new amaro cart last weekend. The custom-made beauty, expertly wielded by sommelier Jeff Eichelberger at the Aria restaurant, actually offers a lot more than just amari, Italian herbal liqueurs. Five varieties of house-made cello anchor the project—including classic limoncello and coco-nib cello!—along with a selection of grappas, liqueurs and aperitivos. Personal faves include Santa Maria al Monte, Fernet Branca, Rabarbaro Zucca and Cardamaro. The bottles aboard the S.S. Amaro will change from time to time, so I intend to book passage frequently.


2. Do it for the kids: In preparation for May 17’s Taste of the Nation, Blue Martini will host a No Kid Hungry Tweet-Up, 6-9 p.m. April 13 with sounds by Jeremy Cornwell. All proceeds from the “No Kid Hungry” cocktail will benefit Share Our Strength. Follow @TONLV.

3. Take the sting out of tax season with a complementary cocktail. All guests who either check in to Andre’s on April 17 via Facebook or Tweet “#MeetTheTaxCollector @AndresLasVegas inside @MonteCarloVegas” will receive one complimentary Tax Collector cocktail in the lounge.

4. Border Grill in Mandalay Bay presents a five-course Clasé Azul tequila-pairing dinner prepared by executive chef Mike Minor on April 19. Reservations are a must. 6:30 p.m., $150, 632-7403,

5. New Vista’s Wine Walks return to Town Square on April 14 with wine tasting and small bites by Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Coconuts Beach Bar. 7 p.m., $25 advance tickets till 5 p.m. April 13, $30 day of,

6. Casa Fuente will host the founders of Milagro tequila for a special tasting and the Las Vegas launch of the limited-edition Unico joven tequila on April 27. To make Milagro’s joven (“young”), finest barrel-aged reserves are blended with micro-distilled silver tequila. Such events are usually reserved for Casa Fuente’s Spirits Society members, however this event is open to anyone 21 and over. 5-7 p.m.,

7. The Peace, Love and Hoppy-Ness Beer & Music Festival returns to Big Dog’s Brewing Company’s Draft House (4543 N. Rancho Drive) on April 28. Taste more than 35 craft brews, enjoy live music and check out the experimental Tangerine Wit recently made during the Big Dog’s Brew School class that included yours truly. One dollar from every Tangerine Wit pint sold benefits the Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support and encouragement for Nevada’s underprivileged youth. 2-9 p.m., no cover, $5 glass and tokens required for tasting,



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