Incredible things are happening in Henderson. Just stop by Las Vegas Distillery one afternoon for a firsthand look at operations. Owner/distiller George Racz isn’t taking lightly the distinction of being the first legal Nevada distillery since Prohibition. He and his “Copper Angels” (twin copper pot stills) have been busy crafting an entire portfolio of products including last year’s Rumskey (a rum/whiskey hybrid) and his impending gin, whiskey and bourbon, all slated to debut this fall. Guests are welcome to visit the facilities, touch the Winnemucca Farms grains, sniff the hand-foraged Spring Mountain juniper and make a move on the chessboard always laid out on a whiskey barrel. You can even help label bottles bound for store shelves. As far as Racz is concerned, this is your spirit, Las Vegas, so you should have a hand in it. LasVegasDistillery.com.
Las Vegas Lemonade
With beauty and simplicity in mind, and a bottle of Las Vegas Distillery’s Seven Grain vodka ($26, Total Wine & More) in hand, the Wirtz Beverage development duo of mixologists Andrew Pollard and Drew Levinson created this light, refreshing cocktail for your next picnic or backyard barbecue.
In a mixing glass combine 1½ ounces Las Vegas Distillery Seven Grain vodka, 1½ ounces Lillet Rosé, 1 ounce simple syrup and 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice in a chilled Collins glass. Top with seltzer, stir gently and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and a lemon wheel.
Mis En Place
The Las Vegas arrival of this summery delight of ripe berries, wildflowers, melon and stone fruit couldn’t come sooner. Maison Lillet’s first new mark in 50 years, Lillet Rosé blends the Grand Cru Bordeaux wine varietals used in Lillet’s rouge and blanc varieties (semillon, sauvignon blanc and muscatel), along with artisanal orange and red berry liqueurs and a small amount of Peruvian quinine. Try it now at the Cosmopolitan or get your own when it hits Las Vegas liquor stores mid-July. We recommend serving it very cold or on the rocks for a refreshing aperitif, in a Vesper or in the Las Vegas Lemonade (above). Lillet.com.