Stay cool after work with one of these light libations available at your favorite happy hour spots.
The Bootlegger’s Bug takes drinkers back to the 1920s.
Bootlegger’s Bug at Lavo
Our poison of choice at Lavo’s newly designed lounge is the Bootlegger’s Bug, named after the Prohibition-era concoction, Bootlegger’s Bug Wine. Made with 10 Cane Rum, rhubarb liqueur, and fresh watermelon juice, this version is sure to go down a lot smoother than its 1920s counterpart. Happy hour is Friday & Saturday, 6-8 p.m.; 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-791-1800
Enlightenment at Aureole
This simple, light cocktail gets its citrus-forward notes from Citron Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and lemon, topped off with a Moscato d'Asti float. Happy hour is Monday-Saturday, 5-7 p.m. & 9:30-11 p.m.; 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-632-7401
The Moscow Mule gets an Irish makeover at Sugar Factory.
The Minted Irish Mule Goblet at Sugar Factory
An Irish twist on the traditional Moscow Mule, Sugar Factory’s goblet-sized libation is big enough to share. The ginger liqueur and ginger beer give a refreshing kick to the Michael Collins Irish whiskey. Happy hour is Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.; 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-331-5100
Ginger Blossom at RA Sushi
A blend of Tito’s Vodka, fresh-muddled strawberries, pink grapefruit, fresh lime, and ginger beer, the Ginger Blossom’s balance of sweet and tart is perfect for summer. Happy hour is Monday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-midnight, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Suite 1132, 702-696-0008
Toast with Ghostbar's champagne cocktail.
Hibiscus Dancer at Ghostbar
This concoction of Perrier-Jouet Blason Rose, Absolut Vanilla, and St. Germain Edlerflower Liqueur, complete with a sunken hibiscus flower, make Ghostbar's creation as refreshing as it looks. Happy hour is 8-10 p.m. every night; 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., 702-942-6832
Skinny Chica at Pink Taco
Enjoy happy hour—but still look good in your bikini—with the Skinny Chica, a traditional margarita on a diet. A simple combination of Jose Cuervo Traditional Silver, Patron Citronge, and fresh-pressed lime, it eliminates a bulk of the calories by replacing the sour mix with Jose Cuervo Lo-Carb and soda water. Happy hour is Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; 4455 Paradise Rd., 702-693-5525
Try a unique dragonberry cocktail at Tao.
Dragon Slayer at Tao
This Asian-inspired daiquiri gets its name from the main ingredient, Bacardi Dragonberry, which is shaken with ginger liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh strawberry puree. The vibrant-looking drink is finished with tōgarashi Asian spice and candied ginger. Happy Hour is Tuesday & Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. & 11 p.m.-close, 3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-388-8338
Rockin’ Cucumber at Koi
Stay cool as a cucumber even on the hottest day of the summer with the Rockin’ Cucumber, an invigorating blend of Rock Sake, vodka, cucumbers, and lime juice. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. every night; 3667 Las Vegas Boulevard S., 702-454-4555