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Cocktail of the Month

The Secret Garden

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. 

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.