Virtuoso Life - May/June 2017 - 56
Take an off-the-menu thrill ride.
BY MARIKA CAIN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS PLAVIDAL
STYLING BY HEIDI ADAMS
HERE'S SOMETHING TO
be said for going full Vegas.
We're not talking about
Champagne-room shenanigans, but about embracing Sin
City's particular brand of sensory
overload. Case in point: the Chan
Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan of
Las Vegas and its off-the-menu (but
hardly under-the-radar) Verbena
cocktail. Last summer, the Virtuoso
Life staff fell for this tequila-based
roller coaster in a rocks glass - and
the bar's over-the-top glitz.
The experience goes like this:
Corral a few friends, parade into The
Chandelier's Level 1.5 bar (you can
get the drink on all three levels of
the bar now, but it originated here),
and order a round of Verbenas.
Chew and swallow the Szechuan
button garnish (the edible bud of
the herb Acmella oleracea), then take
a sip. Your tongue tingles, the flavors intensify, and hilarious Snapchat videos ensue. "Nature's Pop
Rocks" is one description that gets
thrown around for the small yellow
"buzz button." A natural alkaloid,
it's packed with spilanthol, a chemical compound that reacts with the
drink's citrus and awakens taste
buds to near-supertaster levels.
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