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Think You Can Hold Your Liquor? You May Only Survive One Of These

Thshutterstock_237556030ere is a mixed drink, that at one time in Las Vegas’ past, was very popular. Most bartenders could serve it up without a thought. Ask for it today, and you would rarely find a bartender that has even heard of it. But, fear not, we are going to give you the secret ingredients. You will impress your friends and maybe even survive drinking it.

Beginning in 1951, Las Vegas became obsessed with the Atomic Age. The Chamber of Commerce began marketing the city as “The Atomic City.” Clark County actually changed its official seal to include a mushroom cloud.

Much of the marketing campaigns of both local government and businesses were atomic themed. There were atomic hairdos, atomic themed postcards, atomic lunch boxes, and parties in celebration of a nuclear explosion. The era of Nuclear tourism became a profitable new trend in Las Vegas. Many atomic bombs were exploded so close to Vegas that the blasts could be seen from the Strip. Looking back, those explosions were probably too close for comfort. You might want to take a Geiger counter with you on your next trip to be sure things have cooled off.

Another big deal back then was the Atomic Cocktail. Here is the recipe.  Don’t try this at home without adult supervision and an electroshock heart defibrillation unit.


Atomic Cocktail

1 1/2 ounces Vodka

1 1/2 ounces Brandy

1 Teaspoon Sherry

1 1/2 ounces Brut Champagne


Stir the vodka, brandy, and sherry with cracked ice. Then, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add 1 1/2 to 2 ounces cold champagne. Boom! You Got It.


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