Foundation Room’s Glazed Pear Martini is more than meets the eye
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 (3:40 p.m.)
Bartender Anne Davis’ Glazed Pear Martini
The view is still stunning, the ambiance warm and exotic, but the cocktails at Foundation Room have gotten a bit of a face-lift in recent months. The lounge, which crowns Mandalay Bay, now serves an extensive list of libations broken into four categories: martinis, classics with a twist, specialty shots and staff creations.
While there are plenty of worthy sippers here—the potent Beverly Hills Iced Tea ($14), a solid off-menu Moscow Mule ($15)—my gaze settled on the staff creations list and the Glazed Pear Martini ($15), the credit for which goes to one Anne Davis.
Bartender Davis’ cocktail is a blend of Grey Goose La Poire, Midori, butterscotch schnapps and sour mix that’s heavy on the vodka and light on just about everything else. Made according to Davis’ specs, the drink is surprisingly delicate and fresh, lighter than you might expect and not at all cloying. Give it a shot at home, or head to the Foundation Room and let Davis mix you one up right.
The Glazed Pear Martini
2.5 oz. Grey Goose La Poire
Splash of Midori
Splash of butterscotch schnapps
.5 oz. sour mix
Method: Combine first four ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with a twist of lemon.
Accessible only by private elevator, the Foundation Room sits atop the Mandalay Bay on the 43rd floor in an enviable perch. Once a members-only venue, the low-lit lounge is now open to the public nightly with events ranging from dance music nights to burlesque shows. Authentic artifacts from India and Tibet, intricately carved wood-paneled walls and lush fabrics lend an Eastern, mystical ambiance.
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in late 2013.
Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city.
Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.