Las Vegas. The town where it is naughty not to have a cocktail in hand at all times. Where there is a bar around every corner offering one outrageous cocktail after the next. A beverage paradise with many of hotels and bars offering their own signature drinks and usually with some rocking theme. It is true that Vegas is known to be an adult playground, but that doesn’t mean it can be family-friendly one too! We often take our kids to Las Vegas and found that there is very little we can’t enjoy with them, even cocktail hour. Las Vegas drinks don’t always have to have alcohol to be fun and that means everyone can have a refreshingly good time. So, whether you are on an adults only trip, visiting with kids or are even pregnant in Vegas there is something to sip on for everybody! Here are some of my favorite cocktails and mocktails to sip on in Sin City!
I never start a morning in Las Vegas without a Bloody Mary in hand. This drink is, in my opinion, mandatory. Plus, it is a great morning cure for those late Vegas nights of heavy drinking. You can find Bloody Mary’s everywhere, but one of my favorites is at The Mirage and I prefer it jumbo, spicy and poolside!
Also, check out Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen. In the A.M they have an awesome Bloody Mary bar with a list of fixings that go on for days! Plus, for $6 you can add a 24oz beer back…which I did of course.
If you aren’t in Las Vegas, here is how to make a killer Bloody Mary at home. Nothing knocks out a case of the Mondays like a spicy morning treat.
Bloody Mary Cocktail
2 oz Vodka (use Absolute Peppar for extra spice)
½ oz Lemon juice (or Lime whichever you have both work)
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of hot sauce
Cayenne pepper (or steak seasoning)
Salt (I like to grind black rock salt if I have it)
Pour Vodka into glass. Add ice. Fill with Tomato Juice, then add all other ingredients and stir! Embellish with whatever fun garnishes you have on hand. I love to have green olives, lime & Lemon wedges, dill pickle and okra, but the possibilities are endless.
Bloody Mary Mocktail aka Dragon’s Blood
½ or Lemon or Lime Juice
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Very little if any seasonings (kids are funny with spices).
Just pour over ice and stir. Have fun with garnishes!! Kids love crazy drinks and I love that it is healthy. Be wild with bacon strips, pickles and loads of veggies! If it is presented right, kids will gladly chomp down on carrots sticks, cucumbers and celery. If I tell my kids to drink tomato juice they’ll turn up their nose, but if I dare them try Dragon’s Blood…oh boy they will Chug-A-Lug!
The Tom Collins is a classic Vegas cocktail to me. I only ever drink them in Las Vegas and they are my favorite cocktail to sip while gambling. They are light, refreshing and very drinkable, which is perfect for long nights on the casino floor.
Tom Collins Cocktail
2 oz Gin
¾ oz Lemon Juice
¾ oz Simple Syrup
Shake Gin, Lemon Juice and Simple with ice. Strain over fresh ice in highball or Collins glass and top with Soda Water. Garnish with lemon slice or twist and cherry.
Tom Collins Mocktail aka Tommy Collins
1.5 oz of Lemon Juice
1.5 oz of Simple
(Or 3 oz of Lemonade)
Shake with ice. Strain over ice into plastic Highball or Collins glass. Top with Soda Water. Garnish with a lemon twist and cherry.
When I’m in Las Vegas, I like to enjoy those warm summer desert nights outside. That means finding bars with awesome outdoor patios. One of my favorites (besides Nine Fine Irishmen) is RhumBar at The Mirage. I love the vibe, the décor and drinks. The Tatonga is a their signature cocktail and not only is it pretty, it is tasty too. Here is how to make it at home.
1 oz of Sailor Jerry’s Rum
1 oz of Bacardi Mango Fusions
¾ oz Pineapple Juice
¾ Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Syrup
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain over fresh ice in lowball glass. Garnish with slice of pineapple and pretty tropical flower.
2 oz Pineapple Juice
2 oz Lime Juice
½ oz Agave Syrup
Shake and strain over ice in plastic lowball glass. Garnish with Pineapple slice and flowers.
SoCo, Amaretto & Lime
The Tom Collins may be my go-to casino cocktail, but HotDaddy has his favorite Keno cocktail too. The SoCo Amaretto & Lime, sounds like a crazy combination, but is actually pretty good and super simple to make.
SoCo, Amaretto & Lime Cocktail
1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz Amaretto
2 oz Lime juice
Pour all ingredients over ice, stir and win! Garnish with lime twist.
SoCo, Amaretto & Lime Mocktail aka Slow Armadillo
2 oz Peach Juice
½ oz Almond syrup
Pour over ice and stir. Garnish with lime wedge and peach slices (if you have it).
When you think “Vegas” you think “Casino,” right? So what better cocktail to get you in Las Vegas state of mind then the Casino Royale?
Casino Royale Cocktail
2 oz Gin
½ oz Lemon Juice
¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
Dash of Orange Bitters
1 egg yolk
Shake with ice and strain into coupe or martini glass. Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.
2 oz of Lemon juice
1 oz of Grenadine
¼ oz Orange Juice
1 Egg Yolk (optional)
Shake and strain into plastic coupe or martini glass. Garnish with cherry and lemon twist.
Las Vegas is my favorite vacation destination and now, thanks to these yummy cocktail recipes, I can travel any time I want with a shake or stir! Viva Las Vegas!!
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