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Atomic Liquors finally reveals what’s in its Anthony Bourdain tribute cocktail

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Atomic Liquors’ Anthony Bourdain-inspired cocktail is a twist on the Negroni.
Bill Hughes
Sabrina Chapman

Atomic Liquors has many feathers in its cap: oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, cameo appearances in The Hangover and Casino, a history that includes customers sipping cocktails on the roof while watching atomic nuclear tests go boom.

And now they have the Atomic Bourdaini ($12), a cocktail inspired by recent visitor Anthony Bourdain and his favorite libation, the Negroni. It’s been a top secret recipe since its unveiling on the season finale of Bourdain’s CNN show Parts Unknown—that is, until now.

Be wary, however. Though the bouquet of botanicals and perfect balance of sweet, sour and spice will make a Negroni lover’s heart pitter-patter, this is not for the faint of palate. As Atomic Liquors co-owners Kent and Lance Johns said in near-unison when describing bar manager Rose Signor’s creation, “It’s all alcohol.”

Ingredients:

1 oz. Bombay Sapphire East

¾ oz. Campari

½ oz. Yellow Chartreuse

1 dash Peychaud’s bitters

1 oz. Petrus Aged Red sour beer

orange twist (garnish)

Method: Pour gin, Campari, Yellow Chartreuse and Peychaud’s into a round cocktail glass with ice. Stir well. Top with Petrus Aged Red and garnish with an orange twist.

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