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Cattle Drive at AC Hotel, Downtown Tucson

Cattle Drive at AC Hotel, Downtown Tucson

AC Hotel downtown Tucson
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Classy. The word best describes the AC Hotel downtown Tucson. On a recent night 30 and 40-somethings peppered the bar and lobby with hushed sounds of chatter while imbibing. What a great location for a hotel — in the midst of downtown’s restaurant rows and breweries.

Every night at 6 p.m. the bartender crafts a one-of-a-kind cocktail and people who happen to be sitting at the bar can sample the creation which capitalizes on Arizona’s five Cs of economic consumerism – cotton, copper, cattle, citrus and climate. Hey, what about cactus and cowboys?

The special cocktail is dubbed Cattle Drive and while I couldn’t wrap my brain around how the five Cs were incorporated, the idea intrigues.

The Cattle Drive starts with Copper City Bourbon by AZ Distilling Co., a flaming sugar cube, (is this TFD approved?), a hint of vanilla simple syrup, and a refreshing slice of orange peel. The sugar cube caramelizes and then is flipped off the orange into the bourbon creating a Tucson take on a traditional Old Fashioned.

There you have it. Don’t ask me where the cotton fits in or the cattle for that matter. As for the climate, no explanation required.

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