How to drink up a storm in Vegas

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

Dark & Stormy at the Downtown Cocktail Room

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.”

Lava Flow

Lava Flow at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa

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

Rock Me Like a Hurrican at Rockhouse Las Vegas

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.


Mudslide at the D Bar

Where it’s served: The One Bar at Golden Gate and the D Bar at the D Las Vegas

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.



I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.