VIDEO: The Daily “Cattle Drive Ritual” at the AC Hotel Lobby Bar

There’s no stampede at the AC Hotel’s Cattle Drive ritual, but there is bourbon and flaming sugar cubes.

Every day from 5:45 to 6 p.m., guests and customers lounging at the lobby bar top receive a complimentary sample-size Cattle Drive cocktail.

Copper City bourbon is chilled and stirred with a hint of vanilla simple syrup and dashes of bitters. Next, a high proof rum-soaked sugar cube is lit on fire and sprinkled with cinnamon. Once the sugar has caramelized, it’s added to the bourbon along with a fresh orange peel.

The Tucson-take on a traditional Old Fashioned draws inspiration from Arizona’s 5 C’s- copper, cattle, citrus, cotton and climate.

AC Hotel Tucson Downtown is located at 151 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, visit

Shana Rose is a Tucson-based food writer and videographer.

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