Cocktail of the Week

Winter in Venice comes with a candy cane-rimmed kick

Photo: Sam Morris
Sabrina Chapman

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.

Gondolier Blanco


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.

Tags: Nightlife

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