The weather outside might not be frightful, but for those craving a taste of Rockwellian Christmas, rest assured that there’s an oasis in this desert. The Venetian and Palazzo’s Winter in Venice is a picturesque landscape of festivities, and along with the skating, holiday concerts and strolling carolers are deliciously themed cocktails.
Inspired by baking cookies and candies with her family, mixologist Wendy Verdel-Hodges created the Gondolier Blanco ($12), available throughout the resort’s lounges including Fusion, Laguna Champagne Bar and the Bourbon Room. She describes the silky cocktail as “white chocolate peppermint bark with a kick,” and one sip from this candy cane-rimmed martini glass will fill you with the sensation of the holiday season. It’s a Bing Crosby dream come true.
1 oz. white chocolate liqueur
1 oz. white creme de menthe
1 oz. white creme de cocoa
1/2 oz. white chocolate syrup
1/2 oz. cream crushed candy cane (for rim)
Method: Rim martini glass with crushed candy cane. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into glass.