A Cosmo bartender creates sensuality in cocktail form
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 (6:13 p.m.)
Some people are emotional drinkers. They drink when they’re happy. They drink when they’re sad. They drink when they’re feeling slightly excited with just a hint of nostalgia and a dash of depression. This drink is not for them.
For the Emotion in a Glass bartender competition from Russian Standard Vodka and the United States Bartender Guild, mixologists around the country were asked to create a cocktail that channeled a specific emotion. The Cosmopolitan Chandelier bar’s Jason Hughes placed in the top 5 with his sensuality-inspired sipper, the Sexual Tea-sion, a bright, refreshing blend of papaya puree, vodka, jasmine liqueur and homemade tea simple syrup that’s served garnished with candied violets.
“As young guys growing up, the first thing on our minds is usually sex,” says Hughes. “When you open up a white papaya it looks ... female.”
If that sounds a little salacious for you, Hughes has other ideas. The Vegas native suggests something bubbly if you’re feeling excited and a dessert cocktail, perhaps with Bailey’s, if you’re feeling lonely. But most of all, he suggests ordering something seasonal the next time you spot his mohawk on the Chandelier’s middle level. Ingredients like cherries, mangosteen and kaffir lime are at their best right now, says Hughes, who frequents Asian and ethnic markets in search of exotic fruit and tasty ideas. “I really attack those kinds of flavors.”
1.5 oz. Russian Standard Vodka
1 oz. Fresh papaya puree
1 oz. homemade Lavender Dreams and blackberry mojito tea syrup (a simple syrup made with Teavana’s Lavender Dreams and blackberry mojito teas)
1.25 oz. Theia organic jasmine liqueur
.25 oz. Fresh lemon juice
Atomized lavender spiced bitters
Method: Add all ingredients into mixing glass but the bitters. Shake and strain into coupe glass and atomize bitters over top. Garnish with crystallized violets.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.