Chilled Drink of the Week: El Compositor

Seasonal Mixing with Mozart Chocolate Cream Liqueur

Sitting directly across from Lake Tahoe in a perfect winter wonderland setting, The Pioneer Cocktail Club serves a variety of comforting cocktails that suit everyone’s needs during the long winter season. Starting everything out with the Miracle Pop-Up, owner Brian Nelson created a unique take on a Mezcal coffee cocktail, featuring Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur. This is a cocktail that will linger on the palate as the fireplace embers die out.

El Compositor, bottle and cocktail with garnish

El Compositor

El Compositor

Created by Brian Nelson, The Pioneer Cocktail Club


  • .5 oz. Mozart Dark Chocolate Cream Liqueur
  • 2 oz. La Luna Mezcal
  • 1.5 oz. Coconut Cream
  • 1 oz. Hot Coffee
  • .5 Creme de Banana
  • 2 oz. Hot Water
  • Grated dark chocolate and orange zest

Preparation: Build all ingredients in a hot glass or mug. Top with Mandarin-infused whipped cream. Grate dark chocolate and orange zest over top.

Meet Brian Nelson

CHILLED 100 Member, San Francisco

Brian Nelson started his career as many bartenders do, slinging high-volume drinks at a fast-paced club. Once he moved to San Francisco though, he found his calling in the pursuit of the craft cocktail. As his career grew, he managed places such as The Commissary, La Mar, and the new Elite Cafe.

As much as Brian loved San Francisco and its amazing bar scene, it became apparent that it was time to venture out and create something new in an area that didn’t have a craft cocktail scene. So, Brian and his business partner, Savren Thompson, have just opened the first craft cocktail bar in Tahoe City, CA, The Pioneer Cocktail Club.

Brian Nelson - Chilled 100 Member, San Francisco

Brian Nelson – Chilled 100 Member, San Francisco