The Cosmopolitan’s First Lady of mixology, Mariena Mercer, can pop a new feather into her cap with the June 21 grand opening of the Neapolitan bar. The property mixologist and Chandelier Bar general manager is well known for applying modern techniques to classic drinks, and she certainly has a way with the liquid nitrogen. Located at the south edge of the Boulevard pool, everything at Neapolitan is boozy, right down to Mercer’s liquid nitrogen-charged shakes, smoothies, frozen-blended drinks and sorbet, including this cheeky, modern update on a classic gin cocktail. First served last July at the pork-centric party, All-Star Cochon, the Pink Lady is summery, bright and perfectly refreshing, exactly what you want to sip—or in this case eat—poolside.
Combine 1½ ounces Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka, 2 ounces pink grapefruit juice, 1 ounce simple syrup, ½ pasteurized egg white and 1 ounce house-made grenadine (equal parts Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice to sugar with a dash of orange-blossom water) in a large mixing bowl. Slowly fold in small amounts of liquid nitrogen while stirring. Stir until it achieves a sorbet consistency, making sure not to over-freeze. Scoop into a paper cone and top with cherry-flavored Pop Rocks and a maraschino cherry. Serve immediately. Alternatively, scale back the alcohol just a touch and freeze the mixture in popsicle molds.
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