Cocktail Culture

Poolside Punch

Fresh Tropical Juices Up the Ante on Cabana Cocktails
By Jen Karetnick

Photo Courtesy of Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Just when you thought 3-D effects were limited to movies, along comes Eddie Perales. The beverage operations specialist at Caesars Palace has created a never-before-seen take on cocktails and cabana bottle service—and it starts with a pair of 3-D glasses.

“The program was designed to have a flow of ‘wow’ factors,” Perales explains. “We are very excited to present something so fresh and new at our poolside cabanas.”

It begins with a three-dimensional menu offering five punch-based drinks. All start with one of Belvedere’s flavored vodkas—Orange, Black Raspberry, Pink Grapefruit or Citrus. The vodka is then mixed with freshly squeezed fruit juices and syrups in a solid-ice punch bowl and served in unique fashion. “We use frozen baby pineapples, small watermelons and cucumber cups as serving vessels,” Perales says.

The guest first chooses a punch base. One drink, for example, combines Belvedere Pink Grapefruit vodka with watermelon and cantaloupe juices and is infused with strawberries and fresh mint. The cocktail server then adds the garnishes: anything from edible flowers or herbs to melon balls, pared peach and apricot slices, and paper-thin wheels of citrus and cucumber.

Then out comes the pièce de résistance: a machine that creates clear ice spheres out of the solid ice in approximately 15 seconds. This ice, which keeps its form in the hot Vegas sun, takes longer to melt and dilute your drink— a win-win situation for both cocktail and cocktail lover. It is as if the drink were created by deities—appropriate indeed for imbibing at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.

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