One of the greatest things about being a local in Las Vegas is knowing about the hidden gems both on and off the Strip. Four Seasons Las Vegas is one of those spots for me. Hidden away behind the massiveness of the Mandalay Bay is a luxurious escape from the common scenes in Vegas. Always one of my favorite hotels, the Four Seasons Las Vegas has been undergoing a series of renovations starting with the hotel suites and Verandah restaurant, and rounding it off with the newly opened PRESS. They are still not finished as more beautification is set to take place over the next year.
For me, the best time of year in Las Vegas is summer, especially once the heat from the day simmers down and the sun begins to float behind the mountains and radiate those glorious colors only a desert sunset can create. The temperature is perfect for lounging outdoors with great music, great friends and a great cocktail. The new PRESS at Four Seasons Las Vegas provides all of that, and a bit more.
PRESS offers a chic outdoor ambiance overlooking the Four Season’s private pool. Once the sun goes down, misters remain cooling the trellised area lit by simply strung garden lights, while the two fire pits and plenty of comfortable couch seating add to the spirited environment. It’s a perfect place to gather with friends, an intimate quiet night with your date or lovely happy hour with the little entourage. PRESS provides a seasonal menu offering 20 American cuisine inspired small plates. Another attribute definitely worth mentioning is the cocktail program, also currated by PRESS Manager, Sanjiv Gupta.
Take, for example, the 100-Mile Cocktail, which is a company wide competition for the tastiest concoction and best use of local ingredients within 100 miles of said Four Season property. On the list this year for PRESS Four Seasons is the Las Vegas Sunset. Perfectly blended, the final product emmulates one of those amazing Las Vegas Sunsets, whose colors are so rich, they should be named in a Crayola Crayon box. This season’s cocktail includes local ingredients within 100-miles of the Las Vegas area including: Rumsky from Las Vegas Distillery, Southern Nevada’s premiere artisan manufacturer. Fresh, seasonal ingredients such as the clementines, lemons, rhubarb and rosemary are purchased at local farmer’s markets while the honey is also locally produced.
Are your creative juices flowing? Here is the recipe for Las Vegas Sunset, sweet and sassy with a bit of a kick, to try out at home:
Las Vegas Sunset: Available at PRESS
- 2 ounces (60 ml) Las Vegas Distillery Rumsky
- 2 ounces (60 ml) fresh squeezed Clementine juice
- .5 ounces (15 ml) local honey
- Hand crushed ice
- Jalapeno slices
- 1 ounce (30 ml) rhubarb and strawberry shrub (a flavoured drinking vinegar)
Combine first three ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with jalapeno slices to taste, and top with rhubarb and strawberry shrub.