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Vodka – it’s just water!

Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association is presenting a fun Women in Lodging virtual activity on April 7.  Vodka-it’s just water will be presented by TJ McNally, Corporate Director of Beverage Operations Boyd Gaming.

Our Women in Lodging members work hard all day, every day, and need a relaxing break sometimes.  They also enjoy getting together with family and friends whenever possible.  This virtual session is fun and will present three recipes for cocktails using vodka from the comfort and safety of participants’ own homes.

We are so pleased to have TJ demonstrate some tasty cocktails. TJ Joined The Boyd Gaming team at the Orleans with the task of opening Bailiwick.  TJ then joined the corporate team in June of 2017, TJ is a highly driven and motivated individual with strong organization and communication skills, he has a keen understanding of beverage programs, trends, and enterprise integration.

TJ began his career as a DJ and traveled the country, honing his skills. His first break in the Casino world was at Foxwoods, as the Marketing Manager and he then later transitioned back to Food and Beverage.  TJ made the move to Las Vegas in 2012 to join Caesars Entertainment, where he was instrumental in opening The LINQ, Cromwell, and Horseshoe in Baltimore.


TJ McNally

TJ will demonstrate three tasty cocktails you can make and enjoy at home.  Invite your friends to log in and let’s all learn and sample together…virtually.  Be sure you have the proper ingredients on hand so you can work along with TJ for each of three cocktails. Upon registration more information will be provided, as well.





Strawberry Mint cocktail


The first cocktail will be Strawberry Mint. Yum!  Here are the ingredients you will need to make this one:

• sliced fresh strawberries 5 medium berries
• 1/2-ounce simple syrup
• 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lime
• 10 mint leaves
• 2 ounces vodka
• 2 1/2 ounces club soda
• Lime wheel, mint, or strawberry for garnish


Expresso Martini

The next one will be an Espresso Martini;  have these ingredients handy to make it in our session:

• 2 ounces vodka
• 1/2-ounce coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa)
• 1-ounce espresso, freshly brewed (or cold brew concentrate)
• 1/2 ounce simple syrup
• Garnish: coffee beans


Cosmopolitan vodka

Who doesn’t love a delicious Cosmopolitan?  Be sure you have these few ingredients in your kitchen:

2 ounces vodka
• 1/2-ounce triple sec, Grand Marnier, or Cointreau
• 3/4-ounce cranberry juice cocktail, see notes
• 1/4 fresh lime juice
• One 2-inch orange peel/twist

Be sure to have a shaker bottle or tin handy, as welVodka shakerl.



Join us for Vodka – it’s just water on April 7

This is an NHLA Women in Lodging members only event.  Be sure to register so you can virtually see friends and colleagues you may not have seen for some time in our group and also have fun making some great cocktails with a pro.

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