Passion for the Craft

Photo by Michael Vorsanger

Photo by Michael Vorsanger

The Alchemy Room at Wirtz Beverage Nevada was a riot of cheers and congratulations last month when Bacardi held its third annual MGM Resorts Cocktail Competition. Vdara bartender Manny Lopez demonstrated his passion for the craft with his first-place-winning cocktail, 8 Years of Passion, using Bacardi 8-Year rum, passion fruit puree, chipotle-pineapple syrup, lime juice and Angostura aromatic bitters. Lopez’s drink debuted on the Bar Vdara cocktail menu May 1 for $14; a happy hour at Bar Vdara at 5 p.m., May 15 celebrates the win.

8 Years of Passion
As served at Bar Vdara in Vdara, $14

In a mixing glass, combine 1¾ ounces Bacardi 8 Year rum, 3-4 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters, ¾ ounce passion fruit puree, ¼ ounce fresh lime juice and ¾ ounce Monin chipotle-pineapple syrup. Add ice, cover, shake and double-strain over fresh ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.