If you walked up to The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and asked for the “Flower Drink,” there is a good chance that the people around you might be a bit confused. If you head to the The Chandelier 1.5, however, you'll get a different response.
In-between the casino and the second floor, The Chandelier 1.5 is an award-winning bar known for its creative, handcrafted cocktails. When you ask for a "Flower Drink" (also known as the Verbena), you will be gifted with one of Sin City's best drinks. And as you sip on this heavenly cocktail, you'll feel super glam amidst the glittery, looping string lights; it's as if you are actually sitting inside a grand chandelier.
Here's everything you need to know about The Chandelier 1.5 and its most popular drink.
How The Chandelier Creates Cocktails
Mariena Mercer is the lead mixologist on the property and is responsible for what is happening behind the bars of the resort. From Bond to The Vesper, the culture of the cocktail is one to be sought out at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The seasonal list of drinks is so enticing that you could easily make the Chandelier Bar the focus of your pilgrimage to the Las Vegas strip.
Some cocktails are reminiscent of Thai cuisine—crossed with a sweet dessert—in a glass. Others have flavors of popcorn and may evoke midnight movies on the big screen. Mercer likened one cocktail to a camping experience, as smoke emanating from the drink lingered in the air. She also makes a mean Old Fashioned, called the “Infinite Playlist."
A Staple on a Seasonal Menu
The menu changes often, so if you've been here before, don't expect to order the same thing you got last time. You will get a chance to try something new every time you come to The Chandelier 1.5, so you can sample what's on the radar for the coming season.
However, there is one drink that can always be shaken up when asked, and that is the Verbena. It isn't on the menu—yet it's the most popular drink at The Cosmopolitan and is still always on offer at The Chandelier 1.5. Those who are in-the-know typically order it by name, but sometimes they just ask for the "Flower Drink."
When you order the Verbena, you'll be told to chew a flower called the “Buzz Button” (the technical name is Szechuan Button, a yellow, edible blossom). The flower contains a bioactive compound, spilanthol, which has remedial effects. Don't be surprised when you experience pleasantly numbing and tingling sensations as you chew; the "Buzz Button" instantly heightens your senses so you can fully savor and relish every component of your drink.
The specialty cocktail itself is a take on the margarita, made with a lemon verbena-and-ginger twist and an extra flash of happiness. Pop in some yuzu juice and lime leaves, and voilà: Now you have a drink that is indeed the definition of a destination cocktail.
How to Visit The Chandelier Bar
The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan is open daily. Level 1 is open 24 hours a day; Level 1.5 is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Level 2 is open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Each level and each bar serves its own specialty cocktails. Level 1 is an upscale casino bar, whereas Level 2 offers a unique vantage point for admiring the layout of the entire bar. The chandelier-like atmosphere of Level 1.5 has the most unique drinks, such as the Verbena, and also offers bottle service.
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