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Last updated: October 10, 2016 at 8:49 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Bars, Nightlife, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Las Vegas Cocktail Trends.

By Heather Vale

Las Vegas has no shortage of creative libations and you’re allowed — if not encouraged — to walk around the Strip freely sipping away. But beyond the kitschy foot-long margaritas and koozie-wrapped suds, there’s an endless variety of Las Vegas drinks to try. Cocktail trends may come and go, but getting tipsy poolside is forever. See what hip sips are being slung at all the hot spots on the Strip.

A Tropical Tiki Oasis

Despite being a landlocked, debauched desert oasis, Vegas is also known as the Ninth Island, which refers to the many Hawaiian natives who live, work, vacation and play here and brought their love of rum to the city. Start your own tiki tradition at the Venus Pool Lounge at Caesars Palace, where kitschy rum cocktails are served up in real coconuts and pineapples for a different kind of refreshing libation. For more tropical misadventures, head to Margaritaville at Flamingo Las Vegas for Spiked Sno Cones … or “shave ice” as the islanders call it.

The Barbarella Best Cocktail in Las Vegas

The Barbarella

More Mules Than Moscow

There’s nothing more refreshing than drinking a sweet and spicy cocktail out of an old miners cup and that’s why the Moscow Mule continues its domination of the cocktail landscape. Purists can still find the classic combination of vodka and ginger beer, but mule variations abound. The Venus Pool at Caesars Palace offers a frozen mule – perfect for sipping on in the Vegas sun. Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis puts her own spin on the mule at her signature restaurant, GIADA one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, at The Cromwell. Dubbed the Barbarella, after Jane Fonda’s character in the ’60s cult classic, it swaps vodka for gin and adds basil and beaten egg whites for a surprising and tasty twist.

The Pig Newton can be found at the best bars in Las Vegas

The Pig Newton

Infused Booze

Not to be confused with “flavored” spirits like 99 Bananas and whatever still gives you nightmares from college, infused spirits go beyond sticky sweetness for more umami-like combinations. Infusions are popular and they offer something delicious for every taste bud. The LINQ Hotel & Casino’s infusion bar, 3535, offers 35 flavors and then some, including custom infusions like bacon, beef jerky, mango, mint, vanilla, chocolate and espresso.

Indulge your childhood nostalgia with the Pig Newton cocktail, featuring fig infused Jack Daniels Honey and ancho chili Makers Mark rimmed with a bacon salt mix. Want something sweeter? Sip on a Girl Scout-inspired Thin Mint with mint Oreo infused vodka and served with a crushed Oreo cookie rim. Consider your official mixology badge earned!

The Breakfast Martini at The Cromwell in Las Vegas

The Breakfast Martini

The Classics

What’s old is new and classic cocktails continue their meteoric rise to the top of many a menu. Keep things classy at Bound, at The Cromwell, and flip through their library book of drinks created by world-renowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. Trade in your Bloody Mary for a Breakfast Martini, a gin-based drink that is mixed with the “finest orange marmalade,” the same topping Calabrese uses for his toast.

The elegant Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace also whips up unique yet classic cocktails. Chill out 24 hours a day as you gaze at Roman art while sipping on the Casino Cocktail, Hemingway Daiquiri, Flames of Love, Rattlesnake or Between the Sheets.

Classic cocktails and martinis on the Las Vegas strip

Rye on the Rise

Nothing says old school like a single-malt Scotch. But nothing says “hipster” like rye whisky. Why? Well, there’s a shortage of aged single malts, due to more demand than supply. After all, you can’t create more of something that required distilling almost two decades ago. History lesson: Back then, Scotch had taken a dip in popularity, so distillers didn’t project a need to produce more.

Rye, on the other hand, can be distilled in a much shorter time. It’s a popular Prohibition-era bootleg from Canada — fun fact, all Canadian Whisky is nicknamed Rye even if it contains little rye. Rye Whisky is now made throughout the U.S.; it’s also the backbone of classic cocktails like the Manhattan and the Sazerac.

Today, Vegas plays host to trendy whiskey and cigar bars like Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace. Offering nearly a dozen choices of American Rye Whiskey and five selections of Canadian Rye Whisky, the bar also boasts an impressive roster of single-malt and blended Scotch, Bourbon, Irish and Japanese Whisky. Decisions, decisions.

Heather Vale is a journalist, videographer and photographer. Originally from Toronto, she has been living, working and playing in Las Vegas for more than five years. Shooting video and photos for weddings, trade shows and business events has taken her all over the Vegas Valley and given her a taste of the city behind the scenes. Her writing has been featured in the Las Vegas Informer, The Houston Chronicle and more.

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