Most Popular Cocktails at Vegas Blackjack Tables
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If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, you’re probably already imagining yourself sitting comfortably around the blackjack table, drink in hand and having the time of your life. But let’s zoom into that image for a moment and pause on your glass. What’s in it? What are you drinking?
Whether you like it on the rocks or mixed with the most exotic fruit in season, favorite cocktails are as personal as the scent you wear or your bank signature.
Check to see which are to the most popular cocktails currently being drunk around Vegas blackjack tables these days, and make one of them your very own!
- Whiskey on the Rocks
Whiskey poured over ice may not be the way that purists prefer you to drink it, but if James Bond did it so, why shouldn’t you? Make sure that you ask for large chunks of freshly frozen ice to prevent it diluting quickly. You don’t want your whisky to lose its natural complexity and flavor. Some casinos offer whiskey stones in place of ice – frozen chunks made of soapstone or stainless steel which keep your drink cold but prevent dilution.
- Vodka and Cranberry Juice
This classic drink may be the signature cocktail of the Cape Cod region, but it has certainly become a firm favorite at Las Vegas blackjack tables. Today, there are multiple variations of the drink which – at its most basic – involves adding vodka and cranberry, at whatever ratio you choose, to ice. Some players prefer adding grapefruit or pineapple juice to their vodka instead of cranberry.
There’s a certain amount of debate surrounding the actual origins of this cocktail, although it’s clear that by the 1940’s, the Screwdriver was a popular drink among Americans. The Time Magazine 1949 edition even mentions the visitors at the Park Hotel “drinking the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a ‘screwdriver’.”
The Screwdriver is the perfect drink to sip when you’re learning how to play blackjack. You can add as much or as little vodka as you feel comfortable with, without clouding your judgement, and it will still look like you’re nonchalantly enjoying a delicious alcoholic beverage around the blackjack table.
- Pina Colada
The most essential ingredient in this popular drink is the “pina” (pineapple). The most important process is “colada”, meaning strained. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the basic makeup of the Pina Colado – strained (fresh) juice from a pineapple. Urban legend has it that the first Pina Colado was created by Ramon “Monchito” Marrero, who served as a bartender at the Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After being asked to come up with a new signature drink, it took Marrero three months to perfect his new concoction… and the rest is history.
The best Las Vegas casinos serve multiple variations of the Pina Colado, such as the Midori-based Iguana Colado, the Jackolada (made with white rum and Jack Daniels) and the Miami Vice, a delicious drink made up of half Pina Colada and half strawberry daiquiri.
Mexico’s beloved Tequila sour has become a staple among blackjack players at Vegas casinos. The basic recipe of a Margarita is blanco Tequila mixed with lime juice and orange liqueur. More often than not, the Margarita will be served in a salted rim glass. Popular takes on the drink include frozen Margaritas or the Tommy Margarita, which swaps the orange liqueur for agave nectar. You’ll find that the Tequila is one of the most frequently requested drinks at any Vegas casino, and bartenders are often seen carrying trays-full to thirsty players at the various gaming tables.
There are several theories to where and when the original Mojito originated, but it’s generally believed that Havana, Cuba is the birthplace of this fun cocktail. Interestingly enough, the ingredients of the original Mojito – moonshine rum, mint, lime and sugar cane syrup – were used as a medicinal drink to ward off illness. The writer, Ernest Hemingway was responsible for making the drink one of the most popular in modern times. It was brought even more to the mainstream consciousness with its appearance in various James Bond movies as the boisson du moment.
The best rums used to make the ultimate Mojito are Bacardi Silver Rum, Havana Club Anejo Blanco Rum and others.
Whatever your poison, cocktail drinks are as important to the whole blackjack table experience in Vegas as the cards themselves! Try them all out to find your favorite.