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When in Vegas, try a Turning Leaf cocktail at Vanguard Lounge

December 3, 2014

The cocktail scene in Las Vegas has come a long way in the last ten years and one of the top bars in the city is Vanguard Lounge. Open since 2010 in the super-hip Freemont East District of Downtown Vegas, Vanguard has become a go-to spot for cocktail enthusiasts who want to escape all of the glammed up tourist traps and enjoy a quality cocktail in a unique atmosphere.

imageIf you’re looking to trade in the overcrowded casino bars for something authentic, be sure to stop in to see our friends at Vanguard Lounge. While you’re there, we recommend trying our favorite drink on the menu, the Turning Leaf. It is a unique combination of Falernum, lemon juice, cinnamon/anise syrup, bitters and Denizen Aged White Rum. Sound interesting? Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Turning Leaf
Created by Jacque Roberts
Vanguard Lounge, Downtown Las Vegas

1 1/2 oz. of Denizen Aged White Rum
3/4 oz. of lemon juice
1/2 oz. of Velvet Falernum
3/4 oz. of cinnamon/star anise simple syrup*
4 dashes of xocolatl mole bitters (Bittermans)

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with an orange swath.

*Cinnamon/Star Anise Simple Syrup
1 1/2 parts Honey
1 part water
2-3 star anise

Combine honey and water and heat until honey dissolves. Add star anise, two cinnamon sticks and grate additional cinnamon into the heating mixture. Let cool and strain into a clean bottle with one star anise and cinnamon stick inside.

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