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Mandarin Mojave

Rojo Lobby Lounge, Palms Place, $12

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Oranges, mint and jalapeños?! Surprisingly, it works. Says beverage manager and mixologist Robert Parekh, “I chose to use fresh jalapeños in the cocktail to add a distinct spice that would be unique and pleasant.”

Ingredients & Method:

1.5 oz. Hangar One Mandarin

Vodka

1 oz. orange juice

0.75 oz. rock candy syrup

3-4 mandarin orange segments

8-10 mint leaves

2 slices fresh jalapeño

2 oz. club soda

Muddle the mandarin wedges, mint and rock candy syrup. Add vodka, orange juice and jalapeño slices. Shake with ice; strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with an orange wedge and jalapeño slice.

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