Mar 15, 2019 09:32PM
● By Debbie Hall
A cocktail can be as simple as soda and spirits or as inspired as a beautiful sunset or waves crashing on the shore. It’s all in how it is created and presented. Specialty drinks have been offered for decades, but like any art, they always offer something new and exciting on the horizon. Around Vegas, wonderful concoctions pop up to toast love, happiness, and fun during the winter months.
Café Americano at Caesars Palace perks up the day or night with its Espresso Martini. This 24-hour restaurant offers classic American dishes with a Latin twist while mixologists create crafted cocktails at the bar and lounge.
For a kick with curve, pour 1½ oz. Stoli vanilla vodka in a shaker. Pour ¾ oz. Cafe Borghetti liqueur next. Add ½ oz. freshly brewed espresso, blend, and serve in martini glass garnished with coffee beans.
RA Sushi captures the romance of February with its Blushing Geisha, Shiso Naughty Martini, and Pineapple Punch Bowl cocktails. Both the Shiso Naughty Martini and Pineapple Crush Punch Bowl draw inspiration from Japanese ingredients like shiso and sparkling sake, but with a modern adaptation. The Blushing Geisha is RA Sushi’s most popular specialty cocktail.
Blushing Geisha Cocktail is made with Skyy raspberry vodka, Bols black raspberry liqueur, and homemade lemonade.
Shiso Naughty Martini combines an exotic blend of Skyy pineapple vodka and X-rated Fusion Liqueur with fresh flavors of yuzu Japanese shiso.
Pineapple Crush Punch Bowl blends Kai lychee vodka, Mugi Shochu, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh pineapple, and lemon topped with MIO sparkling sake with so much punch it is meant for two people.
PT’s Entertainment Group, a division of Golden Entertainment, is a favorite of locals as the largest traditional tavern operator in Nevada with 60 locations. Taverns include PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Co., Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold, and SG Bar. Jason Shullo, the corporate director of beverage for Golden Entertainment, mixed some of the most delish cocktails to bring in Vegas’s perpetual sunshine while chasing the winter blues away. All PT’s Entertainment Group taverns are open 24 hours daily and serve full menus as well as specialty cocktails and craft beers.
• ¾ ounces Skyy vodka
• ¾ ounces City Lights Shine blueberry
• 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
• Top with ginger beer
Combine the Skyy vodka and City Lights Shine blueberry in a mule mug. Top with ginger beer and stir gently to incorporate ingredients. Garnish with a lime wedge.
• ¾ ounces City Lights Shine cherry lemon
• ¾ ounces Sauza Plata tequila
• ½ ounce triple sec
• 1½ ounce sweet and sour mix
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass with a half salt rim and garnish with a lime wedge.
Constellation Catering, a full-service liquor catering company servicing Southern Nevada, adds an astrological twist. Coasters reveal an astrological wheel and bartenders discuss the sun, moon, and stars. It is predicted that romance is in the air in February with these special drinks to inspire love.
• 1 ½ ounce Smirnoff cherry vodka
• ½ ounce Miletti Italian chocolate liqueur
• 3 ounces of half & half
• Fresh juiced cherries and fresh whole cherries
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; add vodka, liqueur, and half & half. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a large martini glass. Drizzle fresh cherry juice on top and garnish with fresh cherries.
THE MAPLE TWIST
• 2 ounces of Heritage brown sugar bourbon
• ½ ounce maple syrup
• 3 ounces fresh apple cider
• Brown sugar bourbon candied bacon
STEP 1: Brown Sugar Candied Bacon: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place a wire cooling rack over the foil/paper on the baking sheet and set aside.
STEP 2: Put brown sugar bourbon into a shallow dish. Working with one slice of bacon at a time, generously coat bacon with bourbon. Place bacon onto the cooling rack and then bake for 12 minutes. Turn bacon over and bake for an additional 6 to 7 minutes. Cool on the wire rack.
STEP 3: Heat apple cider is saucepan. Pour bourbon, maple syrup, and hot apple cider in a 6-ounce mug. Stir until maple syrup is melted and garnish with bacon strip.
• 2 ounces champagne
• 1 ounces sauvignon blanc wine
• 1 healthy teaspoon of lemon juice
• A dash of raw sugar
• 2 tablespoons shelled pomegranate seeds
• Lemon slices
Combine all ingredients except seeds and pour into white wine goblets. Add seeds and garnish with a slice of lemon.