February 2023: Esther’s Kitchen Releases New Winter Cocktail Menu
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Chef/Owner James Trees and Bar Manager Tucker St. John are excited to debut Esther’s Kitchen’s all new cocktail menu. The menu features nine new cocktails inspired by the flavors and feelings of the season, all priced at $15. These original cocktails feature winter flavors including baking spices, seasonal citrus, and unique takes such as the crushable She’s So Jalisco incorporating kiwi and shiso; The smoked rosemary and citrus forward Rosemarys Baby; and the spicy Loaded Question featuring notes of wild honey and anise. Esther’s has also included spirit-free cocktails.
The new cocktails include:
- Song Of The Sister: gin, Select Aperitivo, grapefruit, prosecco
A seasonal spritzer for the winter- surely the right selection
- Cello There: house-made limoncello, yuzu, seasonal citrus, triple sec
A bright, snappy crusher with crushed ice to match. Careful- it’ll catch up with you.
- She’s So Jalisco: tequila, kiwi, shiso, lime, demerara
An agave based lime and kiwi smash with light herbal notes. She’s so delicious!
- Lilikoi Kiss: black rum, Chinola passion fruit, Cynar, lime, Angostura
Tart and herbal, bitter and sweet. A tiki inspired banger to whisk you away to the islands.
- Rosemarys Baby: gin, Campari, Carpano Antica, smoked rosemary, lemon, egg
The best hybrid in the game, this balanced sipper starts fruity and ends bitter.
- Low Stakes Gambling: gin, Lillet Blanc, Cocchi Americano
A silky, mildly floral martini that even bond would bet on.
- Scottish Borough: Monkey Shoulder scotch, Punt e Mes, hazelnut, Amaro Sfumato
A silky, smokey rhubarb and hazelnut number with Manhattan feels.
- Cacao y Fuego: mezcal, chocolate, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Amaro Averna, allspice, egg
Smokey agave, cocoa, and baking spices with enough heat to warm the bones in winter.
- Loaded Question: Rittenhouse Rye, Damiana liqueur, Xtabentun Honey liqueur
Spicy, wild honey and anise notes. A spirit forward answer to the question: one more?
Spirit free cocktails include:
- Bolle Rosa: Lyres Aperitif Rosso, grapefruit, lemon. A tart, mouthwatering play on a classic spritz
- The Fall of Issac: apple, house-made caramel, lemon, cream. A tart apple fizz with notes of caramel and cream.
Cocktails are just one of the passionate parts that make up what many have called one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Beverage selections also include Meletti amaro on tap for $12, curated local and imported beers, a value- and character-driven wine list, and as always, a wide selection of independent spirits.
Reservations are recommended and can be made at www.estherslv.com.
About James Trees & Esther’s Kitchen
Fresh, Seasonal, Local, Simple. These ideas shouldn’t be uncommon in the restaurant world, but are far too often overlooked. For Chef James Trees, after scaling some of the most impressive heights in the restaurant business with a who’s-who of celebrity chefs (from Michael Mina to Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert and many others), no ambition was calling him more than bringing it all back home. Esther’s Kitchen, named for the Great Aunt who was Chef James’ first mentor, is nothing more–and nothing less–than a local restaurant inspired by its Las Vegas Arts District neighborhood to elevate the simple, and simplify elegance. Grounded in the ingredient-driven cuisine of Italy, pastas, breads and nearly everything possible are made in-house; produce and proteins come from the best local sources available; wines are chosen for intrigue and value; cocktails are mixed to please you, not a bartender’s ego. It’s a restaurant you’ll want to call home.
Esther’s Kitchen has been fortunate to receive a number of accolades since opening including Gayot top 10 new restaurants in the US, 2018; 10 Best Las Vegas Restaurants and #1 Best Italian (USA Today) Best Italian in Las Vegas nods from Gayot.com, Thrillist and Desert Companion magazine; and “Best New Neighborhood Mindblower” from Las Vegas Weekly. In 2020, TripAdvisor named it a worldwide Travelers Choice, and most recently Thrillist tapped it as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. Chef James Trees has been recognized as “Chef of the Year – 2019” by the Nevada Restaurant Association “Executive Chef of the Year, 2019” by the Silver State Awards, “Chef of the Moment” by VEGAS magazine and most recently “Chef of the Year” for the Desert Companion 2021 Restaurant Awards. Trees was also selected as a Finalist for the James Beard Award: Best Chef Southwest 2020.
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