South By Southwest
Mexican-inspired cocktails, as served at Downtown Cocktail Room, 111 Las Vegas Blvd. South
By Krystal Ramirez, $9
In a dill-salt-rimmed 18-ounce Bordeaux wine glass, add 2 ounces house-made michelada mix (tomato juice, black pepper, chipotle pepper, sea salt and Worcestershire; try Demitri’s, Demitris.com), ½ ounce Plymouth gin, ¾ ounce lemon juice, and top with 1 Pacifico beer. Stir and garnish with a spear of cotija cheese, a pimento-stuffed green olive and a yellow chili.
2. Black Widow
By Kristyn Davis, $10
In a mixing glass, combine ½ ounce Amaro Meletti, ½ ounce Cynar, ½ ounce house-infused Cocchi Torino sweet vermouth (cinnamon, whole clove and red chili pepper), 2 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters and 1 dash Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters. Add ice, stir well and strain into a chilled 6-ounce coupe. Express the oil from an orange swath over the top of the cocktail and drop into the glass.
3. S’more’s Better
By Kevin Gorham, $10
Combine 2 ounces Bracero reposado tequila, 1 ounce Amaro Meletti, 1 ounce Amaro Averna, 3 dashes house-made tobacco bitters (try Snake Oil tobacco bitters, $23 at CocktailKingdom.com), ½ ounce brown simple syrup in a mixing glass. Add ice, cover, shake and strain into a chilled, graham cracker-rimmed 15-ounce snifter glass, and add 1½ ounces Guinness, then stir once. Brulée a marshmallow and drop into the glass.