When I hear “32-ounce beverage,” I think of two things: a gas station mug and a novelty booze container. Watered-down coffee or watered-down margarita, I’m not into consuming that much of any drink. Mostly.
Double Barrel Roadhouse offers the exception, thanks to a new lineup of Schooners ($35 each), goblet-sized cocktails that are balanced and boast legit spirits (not a shock, considering Double Barrel’s classy wine coolers). Operations/bar manager Leann Albertoni says you don’t have to sacrifice the craft for what tourists crave. “On the Las Vegas Strip, everyone wants novelty. ... They want something big and they want something fun and to feel like they’re getting a bang for their buck.”
The Absolut Bear boasts mandarin and vanilla vodkas with Midori, pineapple juice, a splash of Sierra Mist and a sprinkling of gummy bears (because Vegas). And Prohibition Tea is a dose of Templeton Rye with amaretto, triple sec, black tea, bitters, orange juice and ginger ale. But the hot fall afternoon was made for Triple Rum Punch.
Smoky, barrel-aged Zaya, Bacardi Superior and 151 make for a sharp rum kick that mellows into crisp citrus and sweet and tart notes from pineapple and pomegranate. It sips nicely with fall-apart brisket sliders. But rather than take on a Schooner alone, invite friends, and throw down another $35 for the “snack tower.”
Double Barrel Roadhouse Monte Carlo, 702-730-6766. Restaurant hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Bar entertainment: Thursday-Saturday, 11 p.m.-3 a.m.