Desert Companion

Cocktail of the Month

The Secret Garden

at Cha Garden Lucky Dragon, 300 W. Sahara Ave., luckydragonlv.com

A hot tea cocktail might strike you as gimmicky, but one sip of The Secret Garden will cure you of that idea: It’s like a steamy, lemon-gingery hug for your face, nose, throat and other possible winter-afflicted face-cavities. This Asian hot toddy is made from passion strawberry tea, honey-ginger syrup, Botanist gin, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. Pouring your own measures of tea and cocktail base is satisfying; watching the flower pod blossom in the glass pot — the tea’s hue deepening from gold to sunset pink to rich plum — is soothing. 

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