For this most festive time of year, Las Vegas restaurants and lounges are doing their part to hang the holly and mount the mistletoe with creative cocktails that promise to make the season bright. Here’s a selection:
You’re sure to take on a rosy glow with the Rosy Cheeks, a blend of Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit Rose Vodka, Aperol and simple syrup with lemon juice and Aperol-mango whipped cream, $17 through New Year’s Eve.
Morton’s the Steakhouse, 400 E. Flamingo Road
First Flight starts with Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon, lemon juice, orgeat and Angostura bitters, which are shaken with ice, strained into a Champagne flute and topped with half Plum Red Bull and half Champagne, $14 through Monday.
The Dorsey, Electra and Rosina at The Venetian and Palazzo
The Holiday Cheer
They call this a dessert in a glass, and they’re not kidding. The Holiday Cheer is a blend of Tito’s Vodka, Kerrygold Irish Cream, Kahlua and Licor 43, garnished with a cinnamon-sugar graham cracker rim, $22 through New Year’s Eve. Mastro’s Ocean Club, The Shops at Crystals
The Peppermint Martini
The Peppermint Martini — one of three holiday cocktails being featured at the Hangover Lounge — pairs vodka and peppermint schnapps and finishes them with a candy cane rim and garnish, $5 through Dec. 31.
Hangover Lounge at Madame Tussauds, The Venetian
The Chocolate & Bourbon
The Chocolate & Bourbon mixes Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon with Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth, Tiramisu Italian liqueur and Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate Bitters, garnished with chocolate and a cherry, $13.
Chart House, Golden Nugget
Gummy Christmas trees and candy canes top this bubbly concoction of cherry vodka, Champagne and cranberry juice, $40 through Dec. 31.
Sugar Factory, Fashion Show Mall
CW Egg Nog
Cabo Wabo’s CW Egg Nog is made with a secret house recipe; what they will reveal is that it contains brandy and Grand Marnier, $14 through Jan. 31.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, Miracle Mile Shops
Inspired by Pancho’s Naughty Maggie margarita, the Naughty Santa is made with Campo Azul Reposado, a float of Grand Marnier and a tajin rim, $13.50 through Tuesday.
Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant, Downtown Summerlin
The Yuley Muley
The Yuley Muley, a cranberry-infused twist on the Moscow Mule made with Tito’s vodka, cranberry juice and ginger beer with fresh cranberries and mint, is one of five cocktails being featured at Slater’s 50/50. The others are the White Fireball, with Fireball whiskey, vanilla vodka and Rumchata with a peppermint-sugar rim; the Very Berry Christmas, with Champagne, cranberry juice, a sugar rim and candy cane garnish; the Ho Ho Hot Toddy, Jameson Irish whiskey with honey, lemon, and cinnamon; and (not pictured) Gingleberry Juice, with rosemary syrup, fresh cranberries and Seagrams gin, $12 each, through Dec. 31.
Slater’s 50/50, 467 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd.
The Fireside Creme
This creamy dream blends Remy Martin Series V Cognac with Ambros Banana Whiskey, Baileys Irish Creme, dark creme de cacao and half and half, topped with nutmeg and swirls of caramel syrup, $16, through early February.
Trago Lounge, Tropicana
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