The seemingly disparate worlds of poker and mixology have joined forces to wonderful effect at the Ainsworth, the Hard Rock Hotel’s new high-end sports bar and cocktail lounge. Named for a particular variant of poker, Paige Hospitality Group food and beverage director David Heinman’s cocktail, the Blind Stud, is essentially a slightly tipsier Moscow Mule, thanks to the addition of a little absinthe-flavored liqueur. It also showcases Belvedere’s pink grapefruit maceration, which offers notes of juicy grapefruit, as well as spicy ginger and a hint of vanilla. The traditional Moscow Mule combines vodka with lime juice and ginger beer, and is served on the rocks, arctic cold in a real copper mug. No dice here on that point. As the Ainsworth is not only a sports-viewing venue, but also a sports-betting bar, it’s probably for the best that such potential projectiles be omitted all together. If I were a gambling woman, I’d bet you’d agree.
As served at the Ainsworth in the Hard Rock Hotel, $15
In a mixing glass, combine 2 ounces Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka, ¼ ounce Le Tourment Vert and 1½ ounces fresh sour mix. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice into a 12½-ounce Collins glass. Top with Gosling’s Ginger Beer and garnish with a fresh lime wedge.