The whole “alcohol makes you warmer” thing may have been busted, but we can still pretend that we’re drinking to ward off the cold. Sure, it doesn’t get that cold in Vegas, and these are all pretty much cold drinks, but stop pulling this apart and just enjoy yourself. Here are some of the coolest winter cocktails hitting Vegas this season.
Snowflake Falls and Sweetest Chill at Panevino
The LINQ can have its snowy tube hill, we’ll take the type of snowflakes that get downed too fast to ever melt. The Snowflake Falls cocktail at Panevino is a creamy cool coconut concoction that blends peppermint and whiskey to become what master mixologist Mark Lopez calls “winter in a glass.” But if you prefer falling spice to falling snow, the Sweetest Chill melts together Bourbon with herbal and botanical flavors including Asian plum, lemongrass and fennel to create a drink that’s sure you remind you spring is always hiding just beneath the Peppermint Patty garnish. And you won’t have to make extra cash shoveling snow to pay your bill, just show up during happy hour for half priced cocktails every weekday from 4 -7 p.m.
Winter Bliss at Double Barrel Roadhouse
In Vegas, instead of chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at your nose we usually get more like cigarettes resting on an open slot machine and Jack Daniels burning down your throat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit of the season and experience a little Winter Bliss. This drink from Double Barrel Roadhouse tastes zesty like that one day in the middle of winter when the sun comes out and it’s slightly warm for a change, and it looks like fresh fallen snow – if snow were made of delicious cinnamon and clove sprinkles and flowers fell on top of it instead of the other way around.
Cioccolato Bianco at Hyde Bellagio
Presents, family, peace on Earth and blah blah blah – the best thing about the holiday season is chocolate. Whether it’s a chocolate Santa whose head you bite off or an Italian cocktail full of Tuaca, Godiva White Chocolate, chocolate bitters and sprinkled with cocoa powder that you sip at Hyde Bellagio (we know which one we’d rather have), this winter chocolate is queen – as per usual. The Cioccolato Blanco is sweet, delicate and incredibly delicious, like all things chocolate – and Vegas — should be.
Happy Hollytini with Eggnog Gelato at Trevi
Just how much cheer can you stuff into a martini glass you ask? Well look no further than Trevi for the answer. White chocolate and crushed candy cane bring the holiday spirit while vanilla vodka, peppermint schnapps and Bailey’s Irish Cream provide the better spirits. Put them all together, in a way only the Italian eatery can, and you’ve got so much wintery wonderfulness in a single martini glass that any second you expect Frosty to pop out and sing you a song, then melt into a pool of delicious alcohol. That probably won’t happen, but pairing your cocktail with a side of Eggnog Gelato, mixed with bourbon and dark rum, is close enough.
Coconut Eggnog Martini at Tommy Bahamas
What would the winter season be without eggnog? It would probably be a lot less regretful when you step on the scale, but also a lot less tasty. While we’re still not entirely sure what nog is, despite having the recipe on the screen, we are sure that the coconut milk, sugar, Bourbon and rum make the Coconut Eggnog Martini from Tommy Bahamas a new winter favorite. Now if we could just get it in a punch bowl to make the family gatherings a little more tolerable.