Atlantic City’s Cocktail Culture

Jan 7, 2013 by

Atlantic City’s Cocktail Culture

Trendy or timeless. Sweet or sophisticated. For many, a hand-crafted cocktail is the ideal way to unwind at the end of a long work day or celebrate a great night out. Throughout the Greater Atlantic City region, pro mixologists are committed to crafting cocktails with rich, vibrant and thoroughly unique flavor profiles. Here’s a roundup of must-try cocktails that will give your next night out a kick in the glass.





Where to get it: Gypsy Bar, Borgata

The idea of mixing wine, alcohol, and fruit has been around for centuries. Sangria, a flavorful wine punch originating from the fruit-bearing regions of Spain and Portugal, gained popularity here in the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Borgata’s Gypsy Bar puts a signature spin on its Gypsy Sangria by combining pinot noir, triple sec, peach schnapps, amaretto, freshly squeezed orange juice and homemade sour mix. Delicious? Si. And that’s just the beginning. Health conscious cocktail lovers will appreciate the bonus dose of antioxidants and vitamin C included in every sip.

2 oz. Pinot Noir
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. peach schnapps
1 oz. amaretto liqueur
1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 oz. fresh sour mix (lime juice mixed with sugar to taste)

1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice
2. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds, or until a froth develops on the surface
3. Pour the entire mixture (including ice) into a highball glass, garnish with fresh fruit and serve


Where to get it: The Chelsea

The vibe at the Chelsea, Atlantic City’s first boutique hotel, is swanky, sophisticated and effortlessly hip. So it’s no surprise that their signature cocktail, the ChelSea Breeze, shares many of the same attributes. According to event coordinator Megan McNulty, this perfectly-pink, sugar-rimmed concoction is “always popular with our guests” and “best enjoyed under the summer sun.” But whether sipping the tequila-based cocktail at Chelsea Prime’s bar, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or enjoying a round with friends at C5’s Cabana Club, the ChelSea Breeze is considered by many fans to be an essential step in unwinding and letting loose in AC.

1 oz. white tequila
(The Chelsea mixologists suggest Herradura Blanca)
1 oz. St. Germain
1 oz. pomegranate juice
1 oz. pink grapefruit juice
Simple syrup to taste


Pour all ingredients over ice, shake & strain into sugar-rimmed glass, garnish with orange slice.


Where to get it: Dizzy Dolphin,The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel

Brrrr. Created by the Dizzy Dolphin’s own staff bartenders, The Frostbite is a vodka-based cocktail that delivers flurries of creamy, dreamy flavor. While the color is icy blue, your taste buds will detect subtle hints of bitter orange, lemon and curacao fruit. With Dizzy Dolphin’s two daily happy hours, you can embrace the chill of The Frostbite without taking a bite out of your wallet.

1 oz. Quality Vodka1 oz. Blue Curacao
2 oz. White Cream De Cacao Cream

Mix all ingredients in a shaker and stir vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a fresh orange slice.


Where to get it: The Continental

Prepare for blastoff. The Astronaut has been The Continental’s signature cocktail since 1995 and guests continue to give it rave reviews. The out-of-this-world flavor comes from a blend of peach vodka and triple sec. But what really rockets this drink into new taste territory is 1950s-mom-and-spaceman-approved orange-flavored Tang. Take your taste buds to infinity and beyond.

Peachka vodka
Triple sec

Fill a small martini shaker with ice and then add equal parts of Peachka vodka and triple sec. Proceed by filling the martini shaker with powdered Tang that has already been mixed together with water. Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously 20x so all ingredients mix properly. Rim the martini glass with Tang powder, pour and enjoy.


Where to get it: The Pool at Harrah’s Resort

Da-Dum…Da-Dum…Da-Dum-Da-Dum-Da-Dum-Da-Dum. Just when you thought it was safe to say that you have tried every tropical drink in town, The Sharkbite takes you by surprise. Any time of year, you can reel in this “big one” at The Pool inside Harrah’s Resort, where every day is a perfect 82 degrees. Served in a signature Pool After Dark souvenir Shake n Take shaker, the Sharkbite packs a real wallop with a blend of rum, vodka, and banana-flavored liqueur.

1 oz. Belvedere Vodka
1 oz. Crème de Banana
Orange Juice
Pineapple Juice
¼ oz. Bacardi 151 Float
Fresh orange slice and maraschino cherries for garnish

Fill a small martini shaker with ice and then add the vodka, Crème de Banana, rum and fruit juices. Shake well and strain into your glass. Garnish your glass with a slice of fresh orange and maraschino cherries.


Where to get it: Revel

Raspberry lovers, here’s something to raise your spirits. According to Revel, The Reveltini “sets the tone for a true resort style experience with a precise blend of ingredients made to stimulate your taste sensations, rejuvenate the body and enhance your stay.” The cocktail blends fresh raspberry puree with raspberry flavored vodka and Moscato wine, known for its perfume-like fragrance, semi-sparkling character and fruity profile. Order one and revel in the flavor.

1 oz. Absolut Raz
1 oz. Moscato
1/2 oz. Fresh Sour
1/4 oz. Raspberry Purée
1/4 oz. Lemon Lime Soda
Garnish– Cherry Skewer

Shake cold, serve in a martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherries.


Where to get it: Buddakan

Once described by New York magazine as the “IT” cocktail, sake-based drinks are still riding an unstoppable wave of popularity. Buddakan takes some creative turns with the Japanese rice wine in their sweet-and-tangy Happiness cocktail. Made with sake, aromatic lemon-infused vodka, lemongrass simple syrup and fresh lemon juice, fans describe this drink as “refreshing and palate cleansing” and a “little bit of sunshine in a martini glass.” Pucker up.

Ketel One Citron
Lemongrass infused simple syrup
Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemongrass stalk garnish
Sugar/lemon zest rim

Pour the vodka, sake, simple syrup and lemon juice into a martini with a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass that has been rimmed with lemon zest and sugar. Garnish with a fresh stalk of lemongrass and savor an exceptional cocktail experience.


Where to get it: Girasole

Girasole is a Mediterranean style café named after the Italian word for “sunflower.” Owner Gino Iovino asked talented Giarasole bartender Suzie to handcraft a signature cocktail that encompasses the bright and beautiful nature of the sunflower. Suzie rose to the challenge with an exciting twist on the traditional Cosmopolitan cocktail. For the Sunflower Cosmopolitan, she replaces the usual vodka with Sauza Gold Tequila, which adds notes of vanilla, agave, orange blossom and almond. Instead of the traditional triple sec, Suzie adds the complex orange taste of Cointreau. The result, according to Gino Iovinio, is “a passionate drink perfect for enjoying in our airy restaurant or under the stars on our closed garden patio.”

1 ½ oz. Sauza Gold Tequila
½ oz. Cointreau1
½ oz. Cranberry juice
1 teaspoon Fresh lime juice
Garnish with an orange slice

Pour the tequila, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with orange and serve.