I was in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago for Nightclub and Bar, the convention that drew approximately 30,000 people. While there are official happy hours and parties, it was fun to go events thrown by friends. Or rather, I should say friends of friends. We stopped by the Moonlight Mix – Bartender’s Brunch party at the Bellagio. There we had pina coladas and Encanto Pisco punch along with some munchies.
Encanto Pisco is now available at the Bellagio pool, a coup for us craft cocktails nerds.
Keep an eye on their Facebook page for future Moonlight Mix events.
Next we pool hopped over to the Cosmopolitan Pool where the Wirtz Party was in full swing. The Lunar New Year themed party featured drinks and a Chinese dragon dance. We were welcomed with boozy punch served in teacups and several bars were set up. Bar Stars like Patricia Richards (Wynn), Gaston Martinez (Milagro Tequila), Mariena Mercer (Chandelier Bar) and Kristen Schaefer (Bond Bar) were working it.
The bartenders I was with agreed the drinks at the Wirtz party were all great. They were made to order and if that didn’t suit, there was another bar out back.
My favorite this night was the Pumpkin Spiced Cooler (Hudson Valley rye, Root liqueur, pumpkin juice, lime, ginger beer, Jerry Thomas bitters) from Gaston.
Mariena’s drink, the Lush Life (Maestro Dobel tequila, Olorosso sherry, butter washed John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, Perricone apple juice, spiced syrup, lemon, egg white) was pretty kick-ass, too. Not only did it remind me of the Queen of it all, Lindsey Johnson from Lush Life Productions, the tequila is probably the fuel to keep the party going.
Other drinks I tried were the Braided Dragon (Beefeater 24, lemon, Nagomi yuzu sour, gunpowder green tea syrup, Moon Rabbit sparkling sake) and Dragon Cooler (Jim Beam rye, Red Stag spiced bourbon, Red Stag Black Cherry bourbon, lemon, maple syrup, Fee’s orange bitters, ginger beer).
There was also food and some gorgeous desserts but I didn’t try any as I was full.