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Experiment with Carbonadi Vodka at Sage

Carbonadi’s clean, silky finish is unlike any vodka you’ve tasted.
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Elegant, sexy and luxurious, the bar at Sage piques your curiosity and engages your senses with moody lighting, whimsical cocktails and Russian absinthe service. But forget about absinthe for the moment—it’s time to talk vodka.

And not just any vodka. House of Carbonadi is a recent addition to MGM Resorts’ beverage program, a little-known secret waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by both vodka and cocktail connoisseurs. Sage is an excellent place to get a taste.

Located in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, the family-owned Carbonadi distillery borders France and Switzerland, in an area known for its quality of wheat. Its premium spirit is made with water from the Italian Alps and filtered through a winemaking process called micro-oxygenation, which mimicks slow-barrel maturation. The vodka is then filtered through activated charcoal before entering its final phase using carbonados, or black diamonds, in California. The result: a clean, silky finish unlike any vodka you’ve ever tasted.

Embrace the change of season by steeping a cup of tea and mixing it with Carbonadi, clove, cinnamon, mint, orange and honey, or consider pairing it with maple syrup, lemon juice and aquafaba—chickpea juice used to substitute for raw egg whites in creative cocktails. Both of these were among the experimental creations served by MGM bartenders at a recent Carbonadi tasting event.

CEO Richard Miller III says Carbonadi can also be enjoyed simply. Order it as a sipper on the rocks, or in a classic martini for a refined and elevated experience perfectly suited for the environment at Sage.

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