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The Spice Trade

3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (Flamingo Rd.) Las Vegas NV

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Spicing up a traditional Moscow Mule, saffron and Thai bitters are added to make The Spice Trade

The Moscow Mule is transformed into a liquid luxury that has a kick, thanks to the addition of pricey saffron and fiery Thai bitters.

The Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV

Created by: Mariena Mercer, Chief Mixologist

2 ounces Belvedere Mango Passion vodka
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce kalamansi cordial (see directions below)
1/2 ounce saffron cardamom ginger simple syrup (see directions below)
1 basil leaf, torn
2 drops Thai bitters
Ginger beer
Basil leaves, for garnish
Saffron threads, for garnish

Place the Belvedere Mango Passion vodka, fresh lime juice, kalamansi cordial, saffron cardamom ginger simple syrup, torn basil leaf and Thai bitters in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain into a Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with the basil leaves and saffron threads.

Kalamansi Cordial
4 1/4 cups Charbray Meyer Lemon vodka
4 1/4 cups Boiron Kalamansi Purée
3 cups Perfect Purée Yuzu Luxe Sour

Combine the Charbray Meyer Lemon vodka, Boiron Kalamansi Purée and Perfect Purée Yuzu Luxe Sour in a glass container.

Saffron Cardamom Ginger Simple Syrup
1 quart water
4 cups sugar
1 cup green cardamom pods, cracked
1 ounce fresh ginger juice
1 pinch saffron threads
Place the water and sugar in a pot and heat over a low flame for 20 minutes. Add the crushed green cardamom pods, ginger juice and saffron threads. Strain into a glass jar.

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3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (Flamingo Rd.) Las Vegas NV 89109 U.S.

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