According to the lunar calendar, February ushers in the Year of the Snake, but Las Vegas is making an impressive argument for this being the Year of the Woman. Welcome SHe by Morton’s to the party, a steakhouse that celebrates the fairer sex in every way. Here, a fashion runway cuts a swath through the center of the restaurant; a makeup mirror is tucked into the dessert menu; a menu of “She Cuts” highlights the steaks fit for a queen; and a cocktail menu by SHe beverage director and nightclub GM Leah Benefiel has a lot of sexy, feminine appeal.
“The first thing I always do when I go to a bar or restaurant is look at the drink menu and look for something fun and different,” Benefiel says. Her Lavender Lemontini is a vision in purple (Benefiel’s favorite color), delicately sweet with “a tease of refreshing lavender flavor,” Benefiel says. “The Lavender Lemontini is a drink that screams as it passes you by, ‘I am as fabulous as the ladies who enjoy me!’”
As served at SHe by Morton’s in Crystals at Aria, $15
In a cocktail shaker, combine 1½ ounces Stoli Razberi vodka, ½ ounce St-Germain, 1 ounce crème de violette and ½ fresh lemon sour. Add ice, cover, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a long lemon swath wrapped around three raspberries on a cocktail pick.