A Hot Cocktail for the Winter Season


Photo by Jon Estrada

Here’s a PSL PSA: This pumpkin spice latte can kick your pumpkin spice latte’s butt. Because, besides booze, it comes with a side of s’mores, fire pits, ice skating and snow. Well, “snow.” The Cosmopolitan ice rink is back for its third winter season, but this year’s forecast calls for intermittent foam snowstorms and a lineup of new cocktails by property mixologist Mariena Mercer, liquid courage before trying your hand—er, feet—on the ice. Wrap your mittens around the Bad Santa (hot buttered rum), the Griswold (Wondermint-spiked cocoa) and the Proverbial Carrot, with all the flavors of warm, spiced carrot cake. Or, give in to your PSL fever with The Ugly Sweater ($12), featuring Patrón XO Café, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, pumpkin puree, praline syrup and coconut cream. “It’s the only thing hotter than an ugly holiday sweater this season,” Mercer says.

The ski-lodge-chic winterization of the Boulevard Pool deck is open 3 p.m.-midnight Monday-Friday and noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday through January 4. Entry is free; rink tickets are $15 ($10 with Nevada ID). Bring your own skates or rent for $5. $60 season passes include unlimited rink access plus skate rentals. And snow falls every 30 minutes from 6-10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. If only all weather were so predictable!

The Ugly Sweater
As served at the Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan, $12

In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1 ounce pumpkin puree, 1 ounce Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice liqueur, 1 ounce Patrón XO Café liqueur, ¾ ounce Monin praline syrup and 3 ounces house-made coconut cream (2 parts Coco Lopez to 1 part half and half). When warm, whisk contents then transfer to a warmed mug and top with hot coffee and whipped cream. Drizzle caramel dessert topping over the whipped cream.


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