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    Warm Up This Winter

    The holidays may be over, but winter lingers. With winter comes the chills of the cold and the frills of the delicate snowflakes. The beautiful snow-covered landscapes are always great to look at, but let's face it, it can be hard to warm up. Lucky for you, here at Lady Luck Casino® Black Hawk, we have just the solution to beat the winter cold. We’ll let you in on our big surprise in a bit. But first, read on to get recipes for 10 great winter cocktails that are guaranteed to keep you warm from your nose to your toes.

    1. Champagne Cocktail

    A champagne cocktail is just the right drink to bring a bit of elegance to any affair. Not only does it elevate the standard champagne, but it’s also incredibly easy to make.

    Ingredients:
    4-ounces sparkling wine
    1 sugar cube
    Angostura bitters

    Directions:
    Soak the sugar cube in Angostura bitters and drop into a champagne flute. Fill the glass with sparkling wine. Use a lemon twist for garnish.

    2. Aged Rum Daiquiri

    Take your daiquiri to the next level by replacing the typical white rum with aged rum. The caramel notes add a rich spiciness as well as gives it a nice balance.

    Ingredients:
    Ice
    2-ouncse aged rum
    1-ounce fresh lime juice
    3/4-ounce simple syrup

    Directions:
    Shake your ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Serve as is, without garnish.

    3. Applejack Sazerac

    This cocktail infuses a lot of winter elements like Applejack and maple syrup. It’s just perfect to sip on next to the fireside.

    Ingredients:
    2-ounces apple brandy (like Applejack)
    1/4-ounce maple syrup
    3 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
    Ice

    Directions:
    Blend the ingredients with ice and then strain into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

    4. Winter Margarita

    This lovely margarita is absolutely beautiful to look at. The thick salty rim mimics the winter snow. You’ll notice summer flavors, but the mezcal adds to the drink’s thickness.

    Ingredients:
    1-ounce reposada (slightly aged) tequila
    1-ounce mezcal
    1-ounce lemon juice
    3/4-ounce simple syrup
    1 egg white
    Ice

    Directions:
    Shake the ingredients without ice. Then immediately shake again with ice. Strain the liquid into a coupe glass and serve with a salted rim.

    5. Ultra Alexander

    This delectable drink is a creamy chocolate dose of goodness. With just a touch of brandy, it’s perfect as a dessert drink

    Ingredients:
    1 1/3 jiggers brandy (2-ounces)
    2-ounces crème de cacao
    1 tablespoon whipping cream
    1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
    Chocolate shavings
    Ice

    Directions:
    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add brandy, crème de cacao, whipping cream and chocolate syrup, and shake again. Strain and serve in glass. Sprinkle chocolate shavings on top.

    6. Mojito Sparkler

    You can never go wrong with a good mojito. It’s very refreshing. The blend of lime, mint, and club soda really gives this drink a nice kick.

    Ingredients:
    6 fresh mint leaves
    2 to 3-ounces of jiggers gold rum
    1 teaspoon lime juice
    2 teaspoons superfine sugar
    Ice
    Club soda

    Directions:
    Crush leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Pour in rum, lime juice and sugar. Add ice and blend. Top with club soda.

    7. Dandy Shandy

    No winter is ever complete without a little ginger. Inspired by Britain, choose your favorite ginger beer and stout beer to create this easy to make winter drink.

    Ingredients:
    4-ounces good quality dark stout or porter beer
    4-ounces chilled ginger ale or ginger beer

    Directions:
    Pour dark stout beer in a serving glass. Add ginger ale on top.

    8. Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch

    Come on, you know we couldn’t just give you just one ginger recipe. This drink is the best of two worlds: ginger and champagne. The icy blue hue makes this drink a real showstopper.

    Ingredients:
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup light color corn syrup
    1/4 cup water
    3 tablespoons finely snipped crystallized ginger
    1/2 cup vodka
    750-milliliter bottle chilled champagne

    Directions:
    In a small saucepan, mix sugar, corn syrup, candied ginger and water together. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat. Let simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vodka and cool at room temperature. Cover, then let chill four hours overnight. Strain vodka mixture to remove candied ginger. Discard Ginger.

    Pour vodka mix into a large bowl. Gently pour the champagne downside of the bowl. Stir slowly with an up and down motion to mix.

    To serve, ladle punch mixture into champagne glasses or punch cups. Serve immediately.

    9. Gibson

    This simple, yet classic winter drink is not only delicious to drink, but easy to make. This crystal clear cocktail just screams winter.

    Ingredients:
    2-ounces gin
    1/4-ounce dry vermouth
    1/2 cup ice cubes
    Cocktail onions

    Directions:
    In a cocktail shaker, combine gin and vermouth. Add ice cubes. Cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cocktail onions.

    10. Mai Tai Me

    Escape to the Caribbean in the middle of winter, with this blend of fruit juices and sweet rum. If you love a great sweet drink, then this is the perfect winter recipe for you.

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2-ounce jigger dark rum
    1 1/2-ounce jigger Cointreau
    1/3 cup pineapple juice
    2 tablespoons grenadine
    Dash of lime juice
    Dash of sugar
    Ice
    Paper cocktail umbrella

    Directions:
    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add rum and Cointreau, pineapple juice, grenadine, lime juice and sugar. Shake and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with paper cocktail umbrella.

    Our Big Surprise

    We really want to help you escape the winter cold. So we’ve decided to keep our casino bar open 24/7! Now you can not only enjoy some great gaming, but you can also sip on our own winter cocktails.

    It’s not too late to join us this winter. Hope to see you soon!

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