Behold the Gold cocktail. Photo by Sabin Orr.

New for November: Themed Cocktails, Station Casinos’ Beer Updates and Worthy Wines

Golden Knight Tributes

Now that our city’s first NHL hockey team is finally hitting the ice, local bars are getting into the action by creating Golden Knight-themed cocktails to help celebrate the team’s inaugural season. Available at Rampart Casino is The Golden Night Cadillac ($7), a take on the Cadillac margarita featuring Don Julio Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. At T-Mobile Arena, you can sip on Behold The Gold ($18). Served throughout the arena and created by bartending legend Tony Abou-Ganim, the cocktail is a blend of Patrón Reposado from T-Mobile’s private barrel, as well as ginger liqueur, lemon, passion fruit, agave and candied pineapple.

Sabin Orr

Behold the Gold
Created by Tony Abou-Ganim
1½ ounces Patrón T-Mobile Arena Barrel Select Reposado Tequila
½ ounce Domain de Canton Ginger Liqueur
4 ounces RIPE Knight Mix (fresh pineapple, lemon, passion fruit and agave nectar)
Garnish with a dehydrated pineapple cross

A Cocktail You Can Eat

The Lavo Party Brunch, served Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., is extravagant to begin with, but now it’s upped its game with an over-the-top Bloody Mary. Available in two sizes, it is crowned with a one-pound lobster, jumbo shrimp skewers, King crab legs, pork belly skewers, green olives and celery. While this is one cocktail that eats like a meal, it’ll also eat a chunk out of your wallet. Priced at $500 for the large (served in a bowl-shaped ice sculpture) and $250 for the smaller rendition (served in an ice chalice), the Bloody Mary mix is poured tableside and comes with a full bottle of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Rodeo Worthy

The 2017 National Finals Rodeo is just weeks away and Cosmopolitan property mixologist Mariena Mercer has rustled up cocktails to be served during the resort’s Boots On the Boulevard concert series, December 7­­–16, such as Friends in Low Places ($18): Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey whiskey-based liqueur, Giffard Vanilla liqueur, pineapple juice, lemon juice and chipotle-grilled pineapple shrub, served in a Tom Collins glass and topped with a star anise.

Photos by Anthony Mair

Station Casinos Amps Up Its Beer Selection

Other than the Barley’s Casino & Brewery, Station Casinos has previously not been known for having a particularly enlightened beer selection, but now that may be changing. The casino group, with more than a dozen casinos and pubs throughout Southern Nevada that now includes The Palms, has amped up its beer lineup at all of its properties. New additions include Stone Frankenstone Monster IPA, Anchor Christmas Ale, Magic Hat Heart of Darkness Stout and the locally brewed Barley’s Pumpkin Ale (with real pumpkin, cinnamon and allspice) and Able Baker Chocolate Chip Honey Dip Stout with Madagascar vanilla beans and honey that is aged on unfinished oak with grilled cocoa nibs and brewed exclusively for Station Casinos.

Lee’s Wine Experience

The 15th annual Lee’s Wine Experience is set for November 18 from 4–8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Don’t be fooled by the event’s name. While you can certainly expect unlimited sampling of more than 1,000 wines from around the world, you’ll also find a variety of beer, vodka, tequila, rum, whiskey and liqueurs. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door and may be purchased at any Lee’s Discount Liquor location. All net proceeds will benefit Lee’s Helping Hand, a non-profit organization that serves local charities.