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Mezcal Cozy at Casa Del Matador

Mescal Cozy
Photo by Christopher Smith
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

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.