Spring ’14 trends don’t stop on the runway. Strap on your high heels and hit up these six fashion-forward bars.
Tao’s Black Pearl is one of the cocktails sure to be on every stylish drinker’s lips this season.
In Las Vegas, style extends even to the cocktail menu, with carefully made classic and original craft libations becoming de rigueur at every spot in town.
“The popularity of certain drinks can be attributed to popular culture—like Sex and the City and cosmos—and balanced taste,” says Tim Keller, beverage director at Tao Group. “Think sweet and sour, with flavors that linger on the palate in a pleasing way, such as mint, strawberries, coconut, and pineapple.” At Tao (Venetian, 702-388-8338), you might opt for the Black Pearl (Hennessy Black, yuzu juice, agave nectar, and muddled blackberries), while Lavo (Palazzo, 702-791-1800) has the new Menta julep, featuring Woodford Reserve bourbon, Fernet Branca, ginger beer, mint, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
Swimsuit season arrives early in Vegas, and bartenders are helping out with low-cal products—like the KGB at RedSquare (Mandalay Bay, 702-693-8300), with Skinnygirl cucumber vodka, fresh cucumber and watermelon, and chili pepper—and by forsaking sugary mixers for fresh fruits and vegs. The Ignite Lounge at Monte Carlo (702-730-7777) nails a number of hot trends with its Watermelon Sage Caipirinha, including muddled lime and watermelon (check), a fresh sage leaf (check), and Novo Fogo organic cachaça, a Brazilian rum–like spirit sure to see a bump when Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup (check). At the trendy wine bar and restaurant Crush Eat Drink Love (MGM Grand, 702-891-3222), start your day with its new Kale Mary (Tito’s vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, fresh kale and orange juice, fresh spices, Cholula hot sauce).
“In-house” syrups, bitters, and purées are a new trend cited by several bartenders, including Michael Monrreal, a mixologist with the Light Group, whose properties include Lily Bar & Lounge (Bellagio, 702-693-8300), where you’ll find the Royalty, concocted by former Light Group corporate mixologist Emilio Tiburcio, with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, fresh lime juice, house-made hibiscus simple syrup, Aztec chocolate bitters, and rosé Champagne.
Whatever trend you prefer, a little Vegas-style indulgence never goes out of style.