Top 12 Popular Drinks in Las VegasMay 09, 2014 • 1 page views
New to Vegas or just in town to visit? What are the best drinks to try while in Las Vegas?
Here’s the deal: People visiting Vegas often plan their drink schedule as carefully as they plan the rest of their itineraries. That’s because the amazing clubs and venues in Sin City have signature drinks created by master mixologists and it’s one of those “can’t miss” things. These hand- crafted cocktails are as much an art as wine or a gourmet dish. In other words, signature cocktails are definitely a thing here. When you get to Las Vegas, it’s a good idea to curb your gin and tonic obsession and forget your old standbys in favor of the new, the bold and the delicious.
So, What are our favorite mixed drinks in Vegas? Here’s a list of our favorites:
“The Dream” at the Wynn Las Vegas
While not the only signature drink at Wynn’s bars, you’re not going to find anything pinker—or dreamier—than The Dream. Created by mixologist Patricia Richards, this indulgent cocktail is made with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne and St-Germain elderflower liqueur. An edible hibiscus flower floats at the bottom of the glass and makes for a great celebratory drink. If pink isn’t your thing today, other signature drinks offered up at the Wynn are the White Cosmopolitan, the Cucumber and Ginger Cooler or the Sinatra Smash and the beloved Kentucky Tea.No matter what mood you're in, Vegas has a multitude of amazingly refreshing drinks. Here are 12 of the most popular drinks to be found in Vegas.
“The Rattlesnake” at Gilley’s Saloon
If it’s a manly drink you’re after, real cowboys like this one: The Rattlesnake. A mix of 90-proof Devil's Cut Jim Beam, fresh lemon sour, simple syrup and rhubarb bitters mixed in an anise- rinsed glass, this one will either cure you or kill you---like the average snake bite. After you’ve tipped back a few of these, you can ride the mechanical bull at Gilley’s—one of the most popular bars on the Strip. And hey, don’t forget your spurs.
“The JW 1800” at the Lily Bar & Lounge in The Bellagio
This specialty drink is on the endangered species list, or if it’s not, it should be. The reason? It’s made with a very rare vintage of Johnie Walker whiskey made in the 1800’s. There’s only 180 bottles left and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. The JW 1800 also includes sweet vermouth, whiskey-barrel-aged bitters and a Maraschino cherry. If you’re looking for novel, this is your drink.
“Swedish Fish” at Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegas
Because who doesn’t like Swedish fish? It’s no surprise that the Sugar Factory adds a sweet twist to its signature drinks. The drink is made with rock candy syrup, cherry puree, lemon sour and cherry rum. And it certainly tastes like its name. If you’re not into candy fish, there’s a ton of other sweet offerings, like the Lollipop Passion cocktail—garnished with a candy necklace. The Sugar Factory has a great happy hour with two for one drinks.
“Amazonian” at Carnival Buffet
Get your party on starting at the dinner hour with the Amazonian at the Carnival Buffet. This drink is 45-ounces of blue goodness and is made with Midori, Berry Vodka and Blue Curacao liqueur. And you thought the Carnival Buffet is just for eating? They definitely have food (for as far as the eye can see), but their signature drinks are pretty popular, too.
“White Violet” at Payard Patisserie & Bistro
This is an exclusive drink offered at Payard in Caesars Palace and it’s delicious. It has Sauvignon Blanc, violet syrup and muddled basil, garnished with Payard’s lavender honey, basil and an edible flower. It’s enough to make you love science all over again. Who would have thought basil, violets and wine could be so good together?
“Caipirinha de Uva” at Central in Caesars Palace
The Caipirinha de Uva is a signature cocktail at the infamous Caesars Palace’s Central and it’s famous because it’s incredibly delicious and also kind of pretty. Although no one is sure what an uva is, who cares? This cocktail features Cachaca, grapes, basil, honey and lime. Seems like basil is all the rage these days in libations and this one doesn’t disappoint---apparently ever.These signature cocktails are the toast of the town and provide all the reason you'll need to drop back in for a visit.
“The Ono Cocktail” at XS in the Wynn
Okay, so you’re not going to spend $10,000 on a cocktail, but we had to include it because it’s $10,000. So what’s in this drink? It features champagne that goes for $500 per bottle and comes to your table in custom-designed glassware. There’s also a rare cognac involved that retails for more than $2,000 per shot: Rémy Martin Louis XVIII Black Pearl. The cocktail was created to celebrate the cognac's flavor and scarcity. The name of the drink was inspired by the Polynesian god Oro who, as legend has it, brought a black pearl to the princess of Bora Bora. So, wouldn’t you know it, the drink comes with a set of cufflinks and a gold, diamond, and pearl necklace.
“The Vesper Martini” at the Cosmopolitan Hotel
Cocktails are what this bar is all about and it’s what they do the best. The bartenders here are mixologists of the highest order. The drink menu takes you on a journey, starting with “The Vesper,” the famous drink ordered by James Bond in both the book and the movie Casino Royale. As described in the book, the drink is three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, and half a measure of Kina Lillet. The bartenders shake it very well until it's ice-cold, and then a large thin slice of lemon-peel is added. Very Bond. James Bond.
“Carrot Cake Martini” at the Noir Bar at LAX
Didn’t have dessert after dinner? Head over to Noir Bar, the ultra-swanky lounge next to the LAX nightclub in the Luxor Hotel. One of their signature drinks is the carrot cake martini made with Toschi Nocello liqueur, a sweet walnut liqueur that is equal parts of Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Montechristo Spiced Rum to recreate the flavor of a gourmet carrot cake. The garnish involves raisins, fresh carrot shavings, a lump of brown sugar, freshly ground nutmeg and a cream cheese frosting-rimmed martini glass.
“Black Pearl” at Tao in the Venetian
At TAO nightclub, ask for the signature Black Pearl (Hennessy Black, yuzu juice, agave nectar, and muddled blackberries). It’s served with a skewered blackberry, and while it sounds fruity, it’s actually not too sweet. It’s tinged with a citrus flavor and has a lot of substance. This is one of the busiest nightclubs in Vegas. Apparently, everyone likes the Black Pearl.
“Buddha's Palm” at Hakkasan in the MGM Grand
Buffalo Trace bourbon, Velvet Falernum, yuzu juice and marmalade, black grapes, white balsamic vinegar and mint are the ingredients in Buddha’s Palm—Hakkasan’s signature cocktail. This renowned Asian-fusion venue is a massive MGM Grand nightclub, lounge & eatery. Even Buddha is a fan.
So, What is Drinking Etiquette in Las Vegas?
Getting the bartender's attention:
You finally get in to that trendy nightclub on the Vegas Strip after waiting in line and the bar is completely crowded. Your instinct might be to whistle loudly or wave like a madman, but that won’t get you anywhere. Etiquette calls for patience. Have your cash or credit card in hand and be organized enough to rattle off your drink order quickly. And... this is probably not the best time to order something muddled or complicated unless you’re at a real cocktail bar. Starting a tab might also be a good idea, because you’re the customer who makes it easy for the bartender by not having him deal with cash or running numbers in his head. Off course, tipping well always helps---although $1.00 minimum per drink is pretty standard.
Laws of the Land:
Vegas is one of the most drinking-friendly places on earth. You won’t ever hear the words “last call” here and you can take your drink with you in a plastic cup when you leave a bar and walk openly with it on the street. Keep in mind that drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced here as are laws for public intoxication. As always, if you do have a car, please drive responsibly.
Generally, table hosts and cocktail girls should be tipped at least 20 percent-- and reward them for personalized, attentive service by leaving a bit more. Set aside $5 to $10 for the cocktail server taking care of you when you're gambling---about $1 to $2 per drink.
Average Drink Prices:
You’re going to pay more to drink in Vegas—especially at the big mega-clubs and casinos located directly on the Vegas Strip. Not planning accordingly is a sure way to have a bad time so it’s best to get educated on what drinks cost before you pack your bag. There are certainly ways to cut down on the expense—like pre-gaming in your room before you go out on the town or sticking to standard-type drinks. Here’s a look at typical alcohol prices on the Strip:
Beer--$7 (domestic) $8 for Imported
Mixed Drinks: $12.00 (standard) $14-$20 for exotic mixed drinks
Bottled Water: $5.00 and up