Early this week a tornado touched down in Clark County, approximately 25 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.
Don’t worry. Nobody got hurt. As far as tornadoes go, this was a mellow one. It lasted about 30 seconds and it logged in at the lowest ranking possible on the scale for tornado damage. Wind speeds only reached between 65 and 85 mph. But still.
Because this was the first tornado to visit Vegas in 13 years, it certainly got us talking. And drinking.
Turns out there are an awful lot of cocktails named for big natural events that leave us shaking and feeling like the ground shifted. Avalanche, earthquake, tsunami, cyclone, monsoon…and the list goes on.
Although the tornado cocktail (a combination of vodka, whiskey, rum and tequila) is as rare in Vegas as the real thing, here are some formidable weather-related drinks that you can order at the bars.
Dark and Stormy
Where it’s served: Downtown Cocktail Room at 111 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
How much: $10 (or $8 during happy hour, which runs Monday – Friday from 4 – 8 p.m.)
Ingredients: Gosling’s Black Seal rum, ginger beer and a wedge of lime
Did you know? This boozy beverage is a classic that dates back to 1806. Its name is attributed to an old sailor who observed that the drink had the “color of a cloud only a fool or dead man would sail under.”
Where it’s served: The poolside bar at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
How much: $10
Ingredients: Malibu Rum, strawberries, piña colada and banana
Did you know? This tropical cocktail is lovely to look at and delicious to drink. The “lava” color comes from the strawberries. Bartenders pour the ingredients in such a way that the red looks like it’s flowing down into the glass.
Rock Me Like A Hurricane
Where it’s served: Rockhouse Las Vegas in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo
How much: $12 (or $6 during happy hour, which runs Monday – Thursday from 2 – 6 p.m.)
Ingredients: Bacardi O, Bacardi Rock Coconut, amaretto, grenadine, orange juice and lime slices
Did you know? This punch-like drink (that can also have a fearsome punch) became popular in New Orleans in the 1940s. In order to get rid of his surplus stock of rum, tavern owner Pat O’Brien poured the cocktail in hurricane lamp-shaped glasses and gave them away to sailors.
How much: $8 for a 16-ounce cup (it’s also served in souvenir drink containers ranging in size from 24 – 77 ounces and in price from $13 – $36)
Ingredients: Vodka and frozen mudslide mix, which has notes of coffee and Irish cream
Did you know? Bikini-clad bartenders dispense this drink that tastes like a milkshake made especially for adults. If you want to make your mudslide even more treacherous and less dessert-like, you can add as many shots as you like to it for $5 each…but be prepared, as you may experience a sudden downward drop.