These Bizarre Cocktails Will Test Your Tastebuds
Ever had a cocktail with cotton candy in it? How about mouth-numbing Szechuan button? Didn’t think so. Striving to outdo each other with ever-more-outlandish creations, Las Vegas mixologists are reaching for some unusual ingredients—some from the far ends of the earth, others from as close as your nearest grocery store. Check out these weird and wonderful concoctions at some of our favorites spots on the Strip and prepared to be wowed.
Ingredient: Cocoa Puff-infused Pierre Ferrand 1840
Found in: ALIBI Cocktail Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino
This Old Fashioned with a twist helps drinkers get in touch with a favorite childhood breakfast food—Cocoa Puffs cereal. Made with Cocoa Puff-infused Pierre Ferrand 1840 (steeped for 8 hours!), Angostura and Scrappy’s chocolate bitters, the Cocoa Fusion—created by master mixologist Michael Monrreal—is served over sphere ice and garnished with an orange peel and a handful of the cereal. Quite a sweet treat!
Ingredient: Goat’s milk
Found in: China Poblano at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Wool Blanket at Jose Andres’ China Poblano. Available through March 5, the cocktail pays tribute to the eatery’s Chinese influence—and honors the Year of the Goat—by mixing bourbon, cinnamon syrup, fig jam and goat’s milk, and topping them with a bamboo straw.
Ingredient: Mouth-numbing Szechuan button
Found in: The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Looking for an extra “kick” in your cocktail? The Verbena at The Chandelier has got you covered. A refreshing blend of Don Julio blanco, ginger syrup, yuzu sour and lemon verbena leaves, the tipple—created by mixologist Mariena Mercer—is then garnished with a Szechuan “buzz” button, which creates a strong tingling or numbing sensation and enhances the overall flavors of the drink. Insider tip: Eat the button first to prep your tastebuds.
Caviar Cube Martini
Ingredient: Caviar ice cube
Found in: Petrossian at The Bellagio
At first glance, the Caviar Cube Martini at Petrossian might seem like any other cocktail served up. But the real treat of this Beluga Vodka Gold drink, the brainchild of mixologist Ricardo Murcia, is in the garnish—caviar pressed into the shape of an ice cube. Za zdorovje!
Heat of the Moment
Ingredient: Fresno chilies
Found in: Stack at The Mirage
The spicy (and super cool looking) Fresno chilies provide an extrakick in the Heat of the Moment, Michael Monrreal’s eye-catching cocktail at Stack. Filled with a potent and piquant blend of Avion Reposado, passion fruit puree, agave nectar and fresh lime, a martini glass is then rimmed with cinnamon sugar and garnished with two slices of the spicy peppers.
Ingredient: Cotton candy
Found in: Fix at The Bellagio
The fresh raspberries are delicious, but what really makes the Raspberry Sin at Fix unique is the fluffy pink cotton candy on top. This sweet blend of Stoli Razberi, Crème de Cassis, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and a float of Red Bull is taken to the next level with the picture-perfect sugary confection—Instagram-worthy, indeed.
Never Say Goodnight
Ingredient: Red Bull-brewed coffee
Found in: Bound at The Cromwell
You don’t need sleep in Vegas, right? The Never Say Goodnight will help you pull those all nighters, thanks to its secret ingredient: coffee brewed using Red Bull in place of water. Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese blends the special brew (he also adds in cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to the grounds) with Stoli Vanilla, Absinthe and simple syrup, and then strains the insomnia-inducing concoction into a martini glass. After hours, anyone?
Ingredients: Wasabi and soy sauce
Found in: 3535 at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Love sushi? How about sushi in a glass? The Sushi Tini at 3535 contains a cheeky mixture of Bombay gin infused with wasabi for three weeks, lemon bitters and ginger, served in a soy sauce-rimmed glass and topped with club soda for a serious treat for your taste buds.
With drinks like these, there’s no excuse for reaching for that tired vodka tonic. Now you just have to make sure your Vegas night is equally wild. (For tips, take a look at our club guide.)