Seven reasons to lift up a glass

1. Summerlin’s Agave will throw one of the city’s largest Cinco de Mayo parties on May 5 and you’ll want to have your drinking pants on. A 4,000-square-foot fiesta tent will make even more room for the live music (4 p.m.-1 a.m.), DJs and chef Matthew Silverman making $3 authentic “street-style” tacos on Agave’s taco cart. Pair those with $3 Modelo Especials and $5 margaritas, then save the date for next year.

2. Trend alert! Thanks to some hip-hop tastemakers’ tunes, Moscato—a sweet, floral Italian white sparkling or still wine—is positively exploding in sales and popularity. At the top of that game is Martini & Rossi, whose Martini Moscato d’Asti from Italy’s Piedmont region is affordable, accessible to budding wine enthusiasts and is of D.O.C.G. (guaranteed origin) quality. Look for Martini Moscato d’Asti to flow freely in Vegas this year thanks to Drake, Kanye and Lil’ Kim.

3. Desperately seeking happy hour? JetLife Happy Hours has relationships at more than 24 Valley bars, including Steiner’s Pubs, the Brentwood Café and Tavern, and the Lodge at Cactus. Just buy a $15 “boarding pass” and you get to choose when you wish to enjoy happy hour, even if the rest of the world is sleeping or at work!

4. Have you ever wanted to try your hands at flair bartending? Kahunaville at The Mirage and Rock & Rita’s at Circus Circus will oblige you with group flair classes. Grab your friends or colleagues and learn to flip, stall and bump bottles and tins from world-class flair bartenders. Then show off your skills (or lack thereof) in front of real bar patrons. Who knows—you might earn tips!

5. It’s a garden party! Chateau Gardens—that sexy little swath of prime party property between the legs of the Eiffel Tower at Paris—will open Memorial Day weekend with 30 Seconds to Mars on May 28, kicking off the Under the Eiffel Tower concert series. $35,

6. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, a blend of American honey and your beloved JD Old No. 7, is now available. The new product—JD’s first new expression in a generation—was launched in Vegas at Tabu Ultralounge on April 19. The best sip of the evening by far: the Tennessee Bee with JD Tennessee Honey, Chambord, fresh lime juice, maple syrup and fresh blackberries. Sweeeet.

7. Set your alarm for brewtime. Barley’s Casino & Brewing Company (4500 E. Sunset Road) presents its eighth annual Brewfest 3-9 p.m. May 7, featuring specialty brews from more than 25 different breweries benefiting Beer for Boobs, an alliance with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. $30,

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