Whether you’re closing out your holiday-gifting list with a shopping trip to the Palazzo’s stylish Grand Canal Shoppes or the massive and diverse Town Square mall, Double Helix has you taken care of when it’s time to put down the packages and sip on something soothing. In fact, the playful lounge has created just the right elixir for the season, something festive and strong: the Sangria Martini.
Smooth red wine is spiked with Ketel One Oranje, blackberry brandy, Apple Pucker and peach schnapps, and then served up with a cinnamon-sugar rim. Fruity and refreshing, not too sweet and not too sour, this concoction is well-balanced and easy to drink, so much so that you might need another round before jumping back on that retail carousel. It’s also the perfect partner for any of the savory small plates available at both Double Helix locations. You’re taking care of everyone else with those thoughtful gifts; don’t forget to take care of yourself, too. Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge at Town Square, 702-473-5415; at Palazzo, 702-734-9463.