Vegas bars serve up seasonal spirits

Eye Candy

The weather is changing and there’s a chill in the air. People are no longer looking for the frosty, refreshing drinks of summer and Vegas mixologists are busy concocting darker, spicier cocktails for fall as well as spooky libations for Halloween. Check out these bars and restaurants for some seasonal spirits.

Tacos & Tequila at Luxor

T & T is serving up the eerie Eye Candy cocktail for Halloween. The drink is a potent mix of Grey Goose Le Citron, X Rated, Limoncello and pineapple juice, served chilled in a martini glass. The concoction is garnished with a “bloody eyeball” made from lychee, blueberry and raspberry puree and is priced at $12.

Sugar Factory at Miracle Mile Shops in Planet Hollywood

Sugar Factory’s White Gummi Goblet is perfect for Halloween, made with rock candy, fresh lemon sour, peach Schnapps, Bacardi Peach Red and Stoli Razberi. A variety of creepy crawly gummi worms are placed throughout the drink and dry ice is added to create a cool smoking effect. The cocktail is priced at $36. Sugar Factory is also serving a festive Pumpkin Souffle Martini crafted with vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, heavy cream, pumpkin pie spice and whipped cream, garnished with pumpkin spice powder and pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses.

White Gummi Goblet

Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel

Culinary Dropout is offering cocktails inspired by fall beverage trends. The 3 Bitter Manhattan, $12, serves as a playful twist on the popular cocktail, combining Knob Creek Rye bourbon, carpano anitca and a signature Dropout bitter trio. Blending Plymouth gin, black peach brandy, fresh lime and ginger beer, My Suffering Bastard, $12, is the perfect fall drink for guests. The Banjo Strum mixes New Amsterdam gin, clement creole shrub, orange juice and tap beer for $10.

Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay

This Irish pub is crafting unique libations in celebration of the new season. Try The Dirty Rá, made with Ultimat Vodka, Cinzano Dry Vermouth and olive brine; King of Good Times, vanilla-infused Jameson Irish whiskey, orgeat syrup, orange juice, lemon juice and ginger beer; and the The Esquire, Pyrat XO Rum, Malibu Spiced Rum, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, lime juice and orgeat syrup. Each drink is priced at $10.

Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan

3 Bitter Manhattan

Comme Ça creates a new cocktail menu seasonally and this fall there are some interesting new offerings. The Smoking Pistol is a smoky mezcal cocktail with averna, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, islay mist, lemon peel and berry compote.

The Apple Creek is a bourbon-based cocktail with montenegro, amaro, fresh lemon juice, apple juice, caramel and a cinnamon sprinkled apple slice.

Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood

Spice things up with the pumpkin spice martini, made with Maker’s Mark whiskey, Fulton’s Pumpkin Harvest, Baileys and agave nectar. The drink is shaken, strained into a graham cracker rimmed glass and topped with a dollop of whipped cream, priced at $14.

Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan

Pumpkin Souffle Martini

Vesper Bar has added seasonal cocktails to its menu. Try the Lanced Winter, made with Hangar One Spiced Pear, Root Liqueur, Perfect Puree pear, lemon juice and orange/clove/cinnamon maple syrup.

Lobby Bar at The Mirage

Indulge in the Midnight Black Cheesecake, the perfect October cocktail, at the Lobby Bar in The Mirage. The drink is made with black espresso infused vodka, ginger and spice whiskey and pumpkin cheesecake cream with a graham cracker rim.

Rao’s at Caesars Palace

Rao’s, the classic Italian eatery at Caesars Palace, is offering new cocktails for fall including dessert cocktails like the Royal Velvet, made with Crown Royal Maple, Glenmorangie 10yr, Velvet Cinn Horchata, Licor 43, and cinnamon — or the Harlem Shake, with Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey, Frangelico, vanilla gelato, Nutella, caramel and salt.

Tender at Luxor

Enjoy fall flavor in the Pumpkin Pie Martini at Tender, made with Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Captain Morgan rum, vanilla vodka, pumpkin pie mix, half and half and simple syrup, priced at $12.

Hyde Bellagio

Hyde Bellagio is serving the Eye Balls cocktail this fall. Served in an old- fashioned glass,  this eerie libation is a mix of vodka, SOHO Lychee Liqueur, coconut milk, lemon juice and simple syrup.  The drink is garnished with “eyeballs” made from two brandied cherries inside a lychee and a pipette filled with grenadine.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

SHe by Morton’s at Crystals at CityCenter

SHe is serving a Caramel Appletini, which captures all of the flavors of fall. Here’s the recipe to make it yourself:


  • 1 ½ oz. Stoli Gala Applik
  • 1 oz. Stoli Salted Karamel
  • 1 oz. Baileys Caramel Irish Cream
  • ½ oz. Half & Half

Drizzle martini glass with homemade caramel sauce. Vigorously shake together ingredients and strain into prepared glass. Garnish with a fresh apple slice. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce.


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