Some say it takes balls to drink absinthe. Cosmopolitan property mixologist and Vesper bar general manager Chris Hopkins can work with that. He uses water, simple syrup and Vieux Carré Absinthe Supérieure by Philadelphia Distilling to make large absinthe ice spheres for his bar. Sound like a risk? Hopkins has few guiding principles for his cocktail-creation process, but the best rule of all: “Don’t be afraid to try something new. For every great drink I’ve made, there were five failures.” Points for honesty. And honestly destined to be a big winner this summer is Hopkins’ the Corpse Bride ($14), a summertime approach to the classic Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail, which he serves in a wine glass with one of those absinthe spheres. “Rhubarb and strawberry combine amazingly with the anise profile of the absinthe,” Hopkins says. Sounds like he’s on the ball.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products