Classic Cocktails Served in American Land-Based Casinos

19th January 2024

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Tasty cocktails have always been an integral part of the gambling spirit. Casinos serve a huge variety of drinks to make their customers more engaged in the process and get the best experience. Classic mixtures and extravagant cocktails await players in the majestic gaming halls, creating a unique atmosphere. The rapid development of the US NonStop casinos impacted the industry, motivating risk hunters to spin the reel from the comfort of their homes. Why not make a casino evening more thrilling with a delicious drink? Let’s explore those extremely popular in land-based establishments – and of course, we have prepared their best recipes!

Gin and Tonic

What can be better than the simple, timeless classic? Despite the availability of many multi-ingredient drinks in online casinos’ bars, players often prefer this standard mixture. The roots of Gin and Tonic go back to the beginning of the 19th century. It initially appeared in Holland as a cure for Malaria. Its popularity quickly spread across the globe, and the first mention of Gin and Tonic’s connection with gambling activities was witnessed in India in 1858. It was served on horse races; betting on these events was common then.


The cocktail hasn’t lost its popularity in modernity. Even though multiple drink variations were created, the initial recipe remains the most widespread. So, how to make an authentic Gin and Tonic? Take 2 ounces of gin, 2 to 6 ounces of tonic water (according to your preferences), and some lime to garnish the cocktail. Don’t forget about ice! Add all ingredients to a tall glass and enjoy the amazing taste immediately.

Martini Vesper

“Shaken, not stirred” is the expression that every James Bond fan knows. Perhaps, all gambling spots in the USA serve this cocktail, and for a reason. The cocktail was introduced by Ian Fleming and has long been a fictional drink. However, customers’ desire to be like a famous secret agent made casinos implement Martini Vesper in their menus. This cocktail is also known as Dry Martini, served globally.

It’s time to repeat the renowned drink! You need 2½ ounces of dry gin, ½ ounces of vermouth and an olive. Add ice, gin, and vermouth to a shaker and stir a bit. Pour the mixture into a Martini glass and garnish it with an olive. Simplicity is the key ingredient of timeless cocktails, so we are confident you won’t face any difficulties when preparing the famous drink.

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Long Island Iced Tea

It’s impossible to avoid this cocktail when listing the iconic casino drinks. Long Island Iced tea was created during the Prohibition Era; in these years, alcohol manufacturing, sale, and consumption were completely banned in the United States. Therefore, locals tried to explore the art of spirit crafting. Charles Bishop, the cocktail’s creator, mixed tequila, gin, whiskey, vodka, rum, and some maple syrup – and he couldn’t even imagine how popular it would become in the following decades. The drink is among the strongest, which is unsurprising considering the amount of alcohol added to the glass.

So, are you ready to make the famous Long Island Iced Tea? As you already know, it has nothing in common with tea. So, take ½ ounce of vodka, ½ ounce of rum, ½ ounce of tequila, ½ ounce of gin, ½ ounce of triple sec, and 1 ounce of cola. Add ice and all the alcohol in a shaker and mix everything properly. Add the drink to a tall glass, cover it with the necessary amount of cola (you can pour more than 1 ounce), and garnish with a lemon slice. The cocktail is really strong, so be careful when tasting it during a gambling session in a casino!

Piña Colada

It’s impossible not to fall in love with this cocktail, as its sweet and fresh taste can make any day better. This drink has become iconic and is served in the best hotels and casinos worldwide. It’s believed that Piña Colada was created by a famous pirate in the 19th century, but the recipe was lost after his death. Later on, a bartender in a Hilton Hotel repeated it. Since then, the cocktail has never lost its relevance, allowing people to feel the spirit of Costa Rica wherever they are.

Are you in the mood to repeat Piña Colada during a casino night? A creamy and fruity drink will be a perfect complement to fun. So, you need 2 ounces of rum, 1½ ounces of coconut cream, 1½ ounces of pineapple juice, ½ ounces of fresh lime juice, ice, and a pineapple slice to garnish the cocktail. Put all the ingredients in a shaker and mix them. After that, pour the drink into the glass and garnish it with a pineapple slice. Bon appétit!

Final Insight

A tasty drink is a perfect addition to your unforgettable gambling experience; casinos usually boast bars with huge menus suiting all tastes. Gaming halls are not only about slots and games since the atmosphere is what really matters. Therefore, it’s not important whether you choose online or offline casinos – take a tasty cocktail and have tons of fun!

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