If you walked up to the Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas and asked for the “Flower Drink” there is a good chance that the people around you might be a bit confused. However, the bartender will explain that the drink is actually called the Verbena, and they’ll instruct you to head to Chandelier 1.5, as in that level of the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan that is between the casino and the 2nd floor. This award-winning bar is known for its creative, handcrafted cocktails such as the Verbena.
How the Cocktail was Created
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 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The seasonal list of drinks is so enticing that you could easily make the Chandelier Bar the focus of your quarterly pilgrimage to the Las Vegas strip.
Some cocktails are reminiscent of Thai Food in a glass crossed with a sweet dessert. Others have flavors of popcorn and may evoke midnight movies at the big screen. Mercer described a camping experience through a cocktail that had smoke lingering in the air. She also makes a mean Old Fashioned, called the “Infinite Playlist."
A Staple on a Seasonal Menu
One thing to keep in mind is that the menu changes often, so if you plan on ordering your regular drink, this is not the place. Instead, it's smart to go to Chandelier Bar Level 1.5 and try something new every time because it would be a shame to miss what was on the radar for the coming season.
The Verbena is the one drink that you can consistently find at Chandelier Bar 1.5, but you will not find it on the menu. Those who are in-the-know typically order it by name or just ask them for the flower drink. You'll be told to chew a flower called the “Buzz Button” (actually, Szechuan Button), and in an instant, your senses are heightened.
The Verbena is the most popular drink at Cosmopolitan yet it is not even on the menu. The specialty cocktail is a take on a margarita with an extra flash of happiness that comes in the form of lemon verbena and ginger. Pop in some yuzu juice and kaffir leaves, and you have a drink that is truly the definition of a destination cocktail.
How to Visit the Chandelier Bar
Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Chandelier Bar has three levels. 1, 1.5, and 2. Each level and each bar serves their own specialty cocktails. Level 1.5 has the unique drinks—such as The Verbena—and also has bottle service.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has a total of 20 dining concepts, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon, China Poblano, é by José Andrés, Eggslut, Estiatorio Milos, The Henry, Holsteins, Jaleo, The Juice Standard, Milk Bar, Momofuku, Overlook Grill, Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Scarpetta, STK, Wicked Spoon, Zuma, and more.