weather icon Clear
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

Smoke and mirrors, bubbly and a secret menu

Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge, which will open with Resorts World Las Vegas on June 24, will definitely bring the bubbles — with a little smoke and mirrors.

The Smoke and Mirrors spirit-driven cocktail is inspired by the classic Manhattan and is made with two bourbons — Buffalo Trace, which has a wheated mash bill that produces a softer and sweeter style, and Russell’s Reserve 10 Year, with a higher rye content to supply some “backbone.” A house-made black tea-lavender syrup adds sweetness and depth, and the cocktail gets richness and balance from Montanarro sweet vermouth.

It’s served in a coupe sprayed with Lagavulin 16-year scotch and garnished with lemon zest for a bright note. It’s one of eight specialty cocktails on the menu, said John Pettei, managing partner for owner Clique Hospitality. “They’re cocktails crafted exclusively for Gatsby’s that you can’t get anywhere else.”

Another is a shareable drink called the Champagne Bubble Bath, served in a mini-bathtub with a spoon for scooping up the mojito foam. It’s made with gin, Aperol, Champagne, pineapple, muddled blood-orange juice, lime juice and strawberry rosé.

Champagne also will be a Gatsby’s specialty, with 10 offered by the glass and more than 40 by the bottle, including vintage and rare Champagnes.

Five cocktails that Pettei promises will be “over the top” in terms of ingredients, preparation or both will be available via a secret menu, though he won’t reveal more, because then it wouldn’t be a secret.

“All I can say is you’ll have to find it,” Pettei said. “We’ll drop some clues or some hints leading up to it, maybe on social media platforms. Stay tuned; you should be able to figure it out.” rwlasvegas.com/dining

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
More rjmagazine
The Road to Ali: In the footsteps of a legend’s legacy

With memories of Muhammad Ali’s great Las Vegas fights, our reporter sets off on a journey to revisit the hero of his youth at the Ali Center in Louisville.

The Great Western Sketch Tour

A Las Vegas architect heads for the hills, sketchpad in hand, in search of beauty, meaning and roots

Reinventing Hanna

In her battle with cancer, Hanna Olivas discovered two passions — advocating for the right to die and inspiring other women to truly live.

The Backstory: A prehistory of Vegas visits

Las Vegas, which now attracts 40 million visitors a year, was once just a way station for folks on their way someplace else. Here’s the backstory …

Five minutes with Jon Taffer

The host of the Paramount Network’s wildly popular Bar Rescue on spending 250 days a year on the road — and why Las Vegas is home sweet home.

Letter from the Editor: Let’s take a ride

In this issue of rjmagazine, we’re veering off the main roads and heading for places and experiences that leave us inspired, transformed, or newly aware of the world and our complex place in it.

23 Las Vegas breakthroughs for 2023

Fearless predictions, wistful ideas and wishful thinking for the new year

An elegy for lost homelands

After living and flourishing in Las Vegas for a decade, writer Soni Brown returned to Jamaica, where she’d spent the first 20 years of her life.

The Voice in Winter: Dick Calvert drops the mic

For more than 50 years, Dick Calvert’s signature voice has embodied UNLV athletics, most notably booming from the Thomas Mack Center speakers.

Beyond the bullying, a life remodeled

When model and adult entertainer Annalee Belle fell in love with HGTV personality J.D. Scott, online trolls shattered her peace of mind. She’s spent years taking it back.

Revealing Las Vegas’ deep history, one map at a time

A review of Joe Weber’s new book, “Mapping Historical Las Vegas” — and a meditation on the meaning of the not-so-humble, often world-transforming and sometimes deeply personal map.