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[First Sip]

The new Aquatic Club elevates dayclub cocktailing

The Tee Time is a refreshing blend of Absolut Lime, Pok Pok Ginger and fresh watermelon and lime juices.

It’s the newest daylife venue on the Las Vegas Strip. The Aquatic Club at the Palazzo offers a sophisticated yet energetic alternative experience, cool and crisp in white, navy and aqua with red and green accents in a palate reminiscent of country club nostalgia. The vibe is sporty and a bit vintage, the snacks are created by Wolfgang Puck and the sounds run the gamut from world hip-hop to tranquil electronica.

But let’s start with a cocktail, shall we? The Aquatic Club offers carefully crafted libations unlike the quickie well drinks and frozen sweet things you’ll find at most dayclubs. But there’s no lack of fun—check out the Tee Time for proof, a hollowed watermelon filled with a beautifully refreshing blend of Absolut Lime, Pok Pok Ginger drinking vinegar, fresh watermelon and lime juices and mint. This one goes down all too easy.

The same can be said for the funky, flavorful Santa Clara—Plantation Pineapple rum with banana liqueur, lime and Brazilian guava puree. These cocktails are as tropical and lovely as you want for poolside sipping, but fresh ingredients and creative combinations make all the difference. Favorites and classics like the Moscow Mule, the Rum Punch and the Citrine—that one is a twist on the Paloma, with Patron and grapefruit syrup—are all available as single drinks, 60-ounce pitchers and even larger party tubs to satiate your entire cabana.

The most memorable creation might be the Forty Love—slightly sweet Passoa passion fruit liqueur with just-squeezed orange and lime juices and a healthy splash of Moët Ice Rosé. But don’t take our word for it. Test the waters for yourself and find a new favorite. The Aquatic Club at the Palazzo, 702-767-3724; Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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