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Mezcal Cozy at Casa Del Matador


Mescal Cozy
Photo by Christopher Smith

There’s a bit of a happy misnomer going on in this seasonal drink. “Cozy” signals that you might be getting some cutesily bedazzled concoction that masks the flame and burr of mezcal with immoderate jiggles of fruit juice, soda, suntan lotion, baby tears, or whatever it is mixologists are using nowadays. Instead, the Mezcal Cozy is a glass of smoky sophistication and surprising restraint. With its base of Montelobos mezcal and Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, the smoldering Mezcal Cozy ($10, available through November) is decidedly crafted for sipping instead of slamming. You’ll also want to take your time to appreciate its rich, striking color — that of fall leaves flashing red, right in your glass.

Casa Del Matador
Downtown Summerlin

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