Cotton Candy Kiss, $13
More than just something naughty to enjoy after a trip to the circus, the Cotton Candy Kiss cocktail is said to have been evolving since its creation, a collaborative effort by the original 1994 First Food & Bar roster in New York. Transported to Vegas, it is “a fun and sexy cocktail that would take people back to their childhood,” says GM Lou Hirsch. That and, of course, the ladies love it.
In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce Absolut vodka, ¼ ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur, 1 ounce pineapple juice, and 1 pump of vanilla syrup (try Monin). Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass (already rimmed with crushed Life Savers candies) over a large fluff of pink cotton candy.
Adult Root Beer, $10
The corner soda shoppe (that’s right—two P’s and an E) may be long gone, but sweet memories of floats, egg creams, malteds and rickeys needn’t be entirely left behind. Somehow, the simple application of whipped cream-flavored vodka to quality root beer manages to approximate the taste of a root beer float. All the flavor, no sticky hands. Gentlemen, this is root beer.
Pour 1½ ounces of Pinnacle whipped cream-flavored vodka over ice into a chilled pint glass. Top with a bottle of IBC root beer and garnish with either brandied or maraschino cherries.