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Giada’s cocktails deliver true Hollywood glamour

Behold the Destroyer, a cocktail fit for a barbarian.

Considering her Hollywood-by-way-of-Italy lineage, it makes sense that Giada De Laurentiis’ Las Vegas restaurant has a certain amount of cinematic influence. Her grandfather was legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, whose many contributions over more than 60 years in show business include Serpico, Three Days of the Condor, Flash Gordon, Conan the Barbarian and Year of the Dragon. Vintage film posters, like the one from Jane Fonda sci-fi cult classic Barbarella, decorate Giada’s welcoming dining space at the Cromwell, and that’s not the only tribute. The signature cocktails on the creative bar menu are also named for some of Dino’s films.

Head for the Destroyer, an aptly named blend of Clase Azul Reposado tequila with tons of fresh tangerine and a kiss of basil. The sweet, bright citrus transforms the typically fiery spirit into something dangerously smooth, an ideal cocktail to pair with Giada’s lovely brunch menu. But be warned: The Destroyer wields boozy might as strong as Conan’s sword. More than one of these cocktails and those movie posters might come to life. Giada at the Cromwell, 855-442-3271; lounge open daily from 9 a.m. to midnight.

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