Las Vegas Libations!

KIWI-TINI @ tommy bahama’s
Town Square Las Vegas

Is it possible to visit Las Vegas and not indulge in food and drink? As foodies, we LOVE Vegas. This past weekend we dined at the BEST of the BEST – Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnier, and Joel Robuchon among others. We were obviously leaning French this trip!  Is there a city where one can find so many of the world’s top chefs? It’s Vegas, baby!

In addition to dining at the crème de la crème, how about some just plain ol’ fun? On the patio at Tommy Bahama’s…in the open air bar at Mon Ami Gabi with views of the strip…relaxing on the couches at Morels with their unmatched cheese bar…high atop the strip at Mix with views from the 64th floor…and at Red Square where we contemplated purchasing the requisite bottle of vodka, to don fur coats and enjoy the beverage in the vodka vault at minus 5 degrees. Alas, as we had dinner reservations later that night at Joel Robuchon at 9 PM, so we sipped a glass of Veuve instead. Maybe next time?

To make a Tommy Bahama Kiwi-tini:

  • 2 parts White Sand Rum
  • 1/2 Kiwi
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1 part pineapple juice

Slice a wheel from the kiwi for garnish. Peel the remaining fruit, then place in a blender for 3 seconds only (any longer and the seeds will grind). Put all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake 20 times and pour into martini glass. Garnish with kiwi wheel.

…and to accompany the kiwi-tini…

Crispy coconut encrusted jumbo shrimp, papaya-mango chutney, Asian slaw

Fresh Ahi tuna, soy and sesame oil layered with guacamole, flatbread and tortilla strips


After enjoying a cocktail at Tommy Bahama’s restaurant, you can visit the Tommy Bahama Store under the same roof. What’s Vegas without a little shopping spree too? Don picked up some jaunty shirts while Kristy surprised me with a gift of adorable cast iron pineapple place card holders!  Thanks Kristy!

FRENCH MARTINI @ mon ami gabi
Paris  Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

I am going to share a best kept secret, it’s the front bar at Mon Ami Gabi. Guests wait for well over an hour for a table in the front of the restaurant, overlooking The Strip and the world-renowned Bellagio Fountains. You enter the restaurant through the casino, where the hostess asks your seating preference – if you prefer a table in the front room your name will be added to the list. BUT, you can simply walk through the restaurant to the front bar, and there may be seats there…no one tells you this. In fact, every time we go we get an immediate seat at the bar. And it is the place to be for people watching,view of the fountains, it’s great fun and full of energy!

View of Caesar’s Palace from our seats at the front bar.

To make a French Martini:

  • 1 part Grey Goose Citron Vodka
  • 1/2  part Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
  • 2 parts Pineapple Juice
  • Champagne
  • Lemon Zest or Black Raspberries

Shake vodka, Chambord, and juice with ice.  Strain into martini glass, top with a splash of Champagne. Garnish with lemon zest or raspberries.

Ooh La La!

BLOODY MARY @ mon ami gabi
Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

The bartender pours your choice of vodka over ice and sends you off to the Bloody Mary Bar.

To make my Vegas Bloody Mary:

  • Belvedere vodka
  • Chilled tomato juice
  • Fresh grated horseradish
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cholula hot sauce
  • Celery salt


  • Large Pickle
  • Jalapenõ stuffed olive

On a skewer

  • baby corn
  • pickled green bean
  • green olive
  • pickled asparagus
  • caper berry
  • pepperoncini

Now that you’ve had your vegetables, be sure to try their Frites as a bar snack!

Vdara Hotel & Spa, City Center


On the suggestion of our new friends Meg & Chuck, whom we met while dining at Twist, my brother Don, sister-in-law Kristy, and I enjoyed a delightful breakfast at Silk Road. From the eclectic contemporary decor to the French Press Illy Coffee to the innovate and refreshing breakfast menu by Chef Martin Heierling, Silk Road is our new choice over any hotel coffee shop or breakfast buffet.

Ham & Cheese Beignets

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs
Silk Road’s Signature Breakfast Dish
Poached, Fried & Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Spinach and Garnishes

Morning Sliders
Grilled Tenderloin, Tomato Confit, Fried Egg, Vermont Cheddar & Bacon on Brioche Buns

WINE & CHEESE @ morel’s french steakhouse & bistro
The Palazzo

Relax in the lounge and try the marinated olives and a cheese platter.

Morels cheese platter is served with fig & nut bread, honeycomb, and date & walnut cake.

Mandalay Bay THEhotel

salty caramel mousse, feuilletine pralines

Mix has the city’s best views of the Strip, located on the 64th floor at the top of THEhotel. Mix is the vision of Alain Ducasse, the restaurant features contemporary and classic French and American dishes, as well as signature dishes from his restaurants in Paris and Monte Carlo. (more from Mandalay Bay here)

Adjacent to Mix Restaurant is the Mix Lounge…
dancing and balconies with awesome views of The Strip.

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

The 25 foot long bar is made of ice to keep your vodka well-chilled…

What is your favorite Vegas HOT spot?

11 thoughts on “Las Vegas Libations!”

  1. It always annoys me when people put down Vegas. It is so much more than gambling. The food is spectacular, the shows are a delight and it’s such fun to sightsee.
    Leave it to Tommy Bahama’s to come up with this divine kiwi drink!

  2. It was fun imbibing with you at 9 a.m. I try to not make that a habit but there are exceptions. But I enjoyed the egg sliders very much so feel a wee bit virtuous that my morning is not all alcohol.

  3. Love love love this post!! Vegas is so much fun 🙂 And I loved seeing the French Martini!

    I very much enjoyed the Bellagio the last time I was there – the cafe by the pool is fab!

  4. I missed seeing you in SF this weekend and said so on my blog…however, it looks like you didn’t miss us all that much! What delicious looking drinks and food.

  5. We were tickled pink to see such amazing photos of the Vegas Bloody Mary featuring a pickle garnish! You were mentioned on Twitter and Facebook with our compliments for a great post!

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