Truth be told, I am not much for mixed drinks. There are, of course, exceptions. For instance, when Ryan and I travel, we scout out the nicest hotel around, then dress up and casually swing by for a sunset cocktail.
It is my personal belief that if you are going to spend $16 and 1,000 calories on a beverage, it should be sipped in one hell of a location. And by location, I mean both the venue and the view. Do not compromise on either. Additionally, the beverage should represent all that is well and good about the location in which you are sipping. Typically, 5 star resorts have the haute version of local cocktails and the presentation alone is often worth the splurge. In this case, a prickly pear margarita nestled between red rock faces in Sedona at the Enchantment Resort.
The experience always feels fancy, but without the pressure (or price) of dinner. Plus, it gives one the excuse to poke around and see, hypothetically speaking, just how nice the pool is. Once the sun has fallen below the horizon, be sure to have a dinner reservation off property at a place you’ve been looking forward to. Then, transition out of your foray into thousand-dollar-a-night luxury by moonrise.