People are entertaining at home more than ever. Are you inspired to present cocktails as fancy as those from some of the most engaging bars in Las Vegas? Try these delectable drinks to impress and delight guests. Because we also “taste with our eyes,” these combine the finest of flavors with elements for visual appeal.
For sophisticated entertaining, try this great cocktail from Sparrow + Wolf, created by Alyssa Ocampo. Sparrow + Wolf is all about balancing the old with the new, cooking in synergy with the seasons and getting back to genuine neighborhood hospitality. Pair the cocktail with food cooked on the grill or over a fire.
Sparrow + Wolf / 4480 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas / sparrowandwolflv.com
11⁄2 ounces Old Forester 86 bourbon
3⁄4 ounces winter citrus oleo saccharum
1⁄4 ounce guajillo-infused
2 dashes nut bitters 1 large ice cube
1 bamboo cone Candied walnuts
Add all ingredients (except bamboo and walnuts) a to mixing glass, stir, and strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass. Use a mini clothespin to clip the bamboo cone to the glass. Add candied walnuts to cone and serve.
The Yerba Santa is a signature cocktail at Oddwood, a 2,500-square-foot enchanting cocktail bar set under the awning of a 25-foot-tall digital maple tree, located in Area15. This cocktail is often enjoyed with the patterns of design at the bar — a myriad of colors that create a mesmerizing display inspired by nature. The cocktail is as fun as the juxtaposition between the tree’s vibrancy and brass, bronze, and worn wood at Oddwood.
Oddwood / Area15 / 3215 S Rancho Dr, Las Vegas / area15.com
11⁄2 ounces Cenote Blanco tequila 1⁄4 ounce St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
1⁄2 ounce peach syrup
1⁄2 ounce pineapple juice 1⁄4 ounce lime juice
1 basil leaf for garnish Club soda to fill
Craft beer shines in this cocktail by CraftHaus Brewery (two locations, in Henderson and in downtown Las Vegas). The owners and staff love learning new and unique ways to make beers even more enjoy- able and build the Las Vegas craft-beer community. CraftHaus Brewery even created a chocolate beer dessert drink. That is loyalty to drinking beer. CraftHaus / 7350 Eastgate Road, Henderson / 197 E. California St.,
Las Vegas / crafthausbrewery.com
MOCHA MINT STOUT STACHE
1 12-ounce can of Belgard Coffee Stout
2 tablespoons dark chocolate
hot cocoa powder
3 drops peppermint extract 2 cups crushed ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a 10-ounce coffee cup or a highball glass.