The Tasting Panel magazine

January / February 2018

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january/february 2018  /  the tasting panel  /  87 F or all the fanfare that's been made about the Mansions at MGM Grand, the entrance to the private Las Vegas property—a small metal gate down a hallway from the MGM's casino—is purposefully unobtrusive. The luxe lodg- ings themselves, however, are anything but: The Mansions at MGM Grand house serene villas for the highest of high- rollers, transporting them to an oasis that seems miles away from the constant commotion of the Strip. That oasis also served as the perfect venue for the recent West Coast launch of the #DisaronnoWearsMissoni bottle. Since 2013, Disaronno has partnered annually with a luxury Italian fashion house for its ICON project, and notable designers like Moschino, Versace, and Robert Cavalli have all worked with the brand to create limited-edition bottle designs. "The designers craft a gorgeous piece of art to showcase both their talents and Disaronno's timeless bottle and liquid," explains Paul Zahn, Director of Brand Ambassadors for Disaronno. "Additionally, Disaronno donates a portion of the proceeds from the ICON project to its charity partner Fashion 4 Development, which supports a variety of humanitarian efforts in Africa." Tastemakers, resident VIPs, and members of the press all showed up in Vegas to celebrate the launch of the newest bottle featuring Missoni's signature chevron print, and guests were welcomed with the Benvenuto Frizzante cocktail—a play on a classic French 75. Local buyers and Benvenuto Frizzante ◗ 1 oz. Hendrick's Gin ◗ 1 oz. Disaronno ◗ 1 oz. lemon juice ◗ ½ oz. simple syrup ◗ 4 dashes Scrappy's Lavender Bitters ◗ 2 oz. Prosecco Add all ingredients except the Prosecco into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and garnish with an edible flower or lemon twist. From left: Mixologist Joseph Pereira; Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits; Jesse Hom-Dawson, Managing Editor for The Tasting Panel, Lauren Ritchie, Brand Ambassador— South, Disaronno; Dan Molitor, Director of Beverage at Mandalay Bay; Dan D'Agostino, President of Beverage Development at Station Casinos; and Jonathan Worth, Assistant Director of Beverage at Mandalay Bay.

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