A bespoke cocktail is as much about its ingredients as the pageantry that goes into making it. Chart House seafood restaurant at the Golden Nugget takes the experience a notch higher with its Tableside Mixology Series, a multisensory experience for spirit lovers.
There are four cocktails offered on the Cocktail Cart Menu. For bourbon lovers, the Tableside Torched Apple Manhattan ($24) evokes a cold night by the campfire, with its applewood smoke-infused concoction of Baker’s Bourbon, Berentzen Apple Liqueur and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth.
For something a little more peaty, the Reconfigured! ($25) is made of Balvenie 14 Yr. Caribbean Cask, Noval Black Port, Liber & Co. Caramelized Fig Syrup, Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. And here’s a cool twist: It’s made in the rock—a specially molded ice cube globe that holds the liquor. It’s the quintessential fall drink—full-bodied and warm, with the comforting sweetness of the fig syrup.
The Butterfly Effect ($17) is one of the prettiest cocktail presentations you’ll find anywhere. Pea flower brew, a dark blue liquid, is poured over dry ice then strained twice and mixed with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and Combier Orange Liqueur. Watch the color change into a deep pink, and you’ll see why it is named so.
The Infused & Fogged ($28), which uses a flame and dry ice, is a showstopper. Rooibos tea is infused with botanicals—a mix of citrus peel, hazelnuts, fresh ginger, mint and raspberries—using a siphoning vessel invented in the 1880s for brewing coffee. The addition of Aviation Gin, Combier Rosé and Framboise liqueurs makes for a refreshing cocktail any time of the year.
CHART HOUSE Golden Nugget, 702-386-8364. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. -11 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.