I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a trade show in Las Vegas week before last. It was a fun and busy 4 nights between the show, customers, peers. Of course, I did find time to have a little fun as well, like the night I ended up at the Foundation Bar at the top of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
I did have one interesting cocktail while I was there. This was an original creation of one of the bartenders at the Eyecandy Lounge, located right on the casino floor at Mandalay Bay. It was a rare quiet moment at the bar and we were able to chat a bit. He calls this the Sunshine Sour, and it’s kinda’ a mash up of the tequila sunrise and a whiskey sour.
It starts with Finlandia grapefruit vodka. If you know me you know that I am not a fan of flavored vodkas. However, I’ve had the Finlandia grapefruit before and it is very, very good and one of the few flavored vodkas that I do like. Added to the Finlandia is orange juice, sour mix and a splash of Aperol. The use of Aperol really caught my eye since you don’t see too many bartenders playing around with it. It added a nice, bitter undertone to all the sweet in the drink and really rounded it out. I enjoyed this one thoroughly and am going to try to recreate it here at the Twilight Lounge. All I need to do is get the vodka and Aperol!