Friday 27 July, 2012

Sipping in the Sun at Palazzo’s Private Pool

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Las Vegas has plenty of private pools to choose from along the Strip. But while most try to squeeze an entire Spring Break into an afternoon, Azure at the Palazzo resort puts a little more panache into the party, in their style, their service, and certainly their spirits. Basic bottle service is the typical standard […]




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Las Vegas has plenty of private pools to choose from along the Strip. But while most try to squeeze an entire Spring Break into an afternoon, Azure at the Palazzo resort puts a little more panache into the party, in their style, their service, and certainly their spirits.

Basic bottle service is the typical standard at pool parties, with cocktails poured for speed over substance. Azure (though they also offer plenty of bottles) actually has a full menu of crafted cocktails that are creative enough to stand alongside those in many "mixology" bars, not to mention alongside Azure's food, by Wolfgang Puck's Solara cafe, which is far above the typical chicken fingers you usually see at a pool deck.

Here are some of the "Inspired" (original) and "Cherished" (classic) cocktails I sampled from this season's menu:

• Costa Azura, mixing Coconut Cruzan rum, Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lemon, orange and pineapple juices and a float of Pedro Ximenez sherry. Tropical but not too sweet or filling.

• Buddah Mix, with Absolut vodka, Soho lychee liqueur, and pomegranate juice, garnished with an edible flower. Like a Cosmo but with a little more "something," the roundness of the lychee and acidic pomegranate balancing like yin and yang.

• Paradis, with Bacardi peach rum, Pama pomegranate liqueur, orange and cranberry juices, garnished with an infused hibiscus flower and served frozen. Truly refreshing and balanced.

• Mojito, the no-nonsense recipe with Bacardi rum, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, agave syrup and a splash of soda. Well done.

• Savida white Sangria: wine and fruit, when all else leaves you wanting, the perfect poolside punch.

View the entire Azure Pool Cocktail Menu Here

At $18, they are a little expensive--but when you compare that to a $9 Budweiser (or $425 bottle of Belvedere), it looks like a bargain. And believe me, in Vegas, "looks" count.

However, if you're really dying to spend some money, feel free to order the special "Bathtub" service, a selection of bottles arriving in a bathtub (with your server inside), available at the $5000 or $10,000 price point. Stay thirsty, indeed.

Azure Pool at the Palazzo


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