Red Square Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, $13
Thu, Aug 20, 2009 (midnight)
Far be it from me to drink or recommend anything with the word “pucker” in it. But I like my Krol vodka naked and straight out of my freezer; you might prefer yours in a high-end cocktail. Mimicking the flavors of Krol itself, James Deyro’s Pucker Up combines the flavors of ripe, sweet berries with tart citrus, like the perfect raspberry Lemon Drop. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that during Reverse Happy Hour, Sunday through Wednesday from 11 p.m. to close, it’s only $6.50.
1.5 oz. Krol Lemon-Raspberry
0.5 oz. Triple Sec
Splash of Chambord
Splash of freshly squeezed lime juice
Rim a cocktail glass using a lemon and sugar; chill. Combine all ingredients over ice in a tin. Cover, shake hard and strain into the glass. Garnish with a fresh raspberry or lemon wedge.
Red Square, a throw-back to the Cold War days of the Soviet Union, has undergone something of revolution under the direction of the Light Group's chefs Brian Massie and Chris Conlon. The new menu includes easy-to-share plates that include Tuna Tartare, Chicken Kiev with Bacon Brussels Sprouts and an impressive caviar selection. Las Vegas Weekly's Brock Radke says "Kubideh-style skewers of chicken, beef and lamb with warm pita and yogurt sauce are deliciously spiced, but the most addictive appetizer is the smoked salmon pizza ($18), a crispy tortilla layered with cream cheese, ribbons of luxurious fish, capers, pickled onions and caviar. After this restaurant perestroika, we can’t wait to see what else Light does at Mandalay." And you can still don a fur coat and toast Mother Russia with an icy shot at the Ice Bar and the private vodka vault. Red Square also features a wide vodka slection, signature cocktails, martinis and vodka infusions.
3950 S. Las Vegas Boulevard