Last August, I had the good fortune of having an awesome best friend decide she wanted to have her bachelorette party Vegas style. Six Bridesmaids flew in from 5 different states for a long weekend in Sin City. It was all kinds of glorious fun.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of going to Las Vegas, you have the opportunity to be super pretentious and buy private VIP cabanas at the hotels. Essentially, these cabanas provide you with your own little pool, mini fridge, light snacks, and your own personal cabana boy (or girl) while you look down upon the poor minions on the other side of the velvet ropes that they can’t cross. This must be how the other half lives.
Either way, what is not included in the exorbitant price to feel like a celebrity for a few hours is the drinks. And I don’t know if the Grey Goose in Vegas is infused with diamond dust and platinum, but they have the audacity to charge upwards of $800 -$1,000 per bottle depending on the hotel, day of the week, and time of day. This, of course, is completely reasonable once you realize that the price includes assorted drink mixers, right?
Whatever – Vegas is a wonderful place to indulge, and it was a party after all so aside from ordering aforementioned liquor, we asked our cabana, er, people to bring us a pitcher of some sort of cocktail. “What kind of cocktail?” they asked. “Something nice!” we responded and off they skedaddled only to return with a pitcher of what they ultimately dubbed ‘Something Nice’ – A deliciously cold and delicious concoction that quickly numbed the fact that Vegas was already cleaning me out and I hadn’t even hit the slots yet.
‘Something Nice’ became the signature drink on our trip and I can’t think of a better souvenir then an awesome cocktail recipe. It even made a guest appearance at the BFF’s wedding a few months later.
Of course they say whatever happens in Vegas stays there, but the recipe for Something Nice is so simple, it would be a travesty not to share.
Note – the original recipe calls for Raspberry Vodka. As blueberries are in season right now, I switched up the vodkas but kept everything else the same. Also, I “skinnied” the recipe by using crystal light lemonade and diet sprite. I promise you, it’s just as good as the original just fewer calories for us VIP’s watching our figures 🙂
The “skinny” Blueberry version
Yields: 2 Liters
Difficulty: Its pouring liquid into a pitcher, not rocket science
- 1 part cold Blueberry Vodka (or raspberry if you want to stay true to the original)
- 2 parts cold Diet Lemon-Lime Soda, such as Sprite Free
- 2 parts cold Sugar free Lemonade, such as Crystal Light
- Assorted Fruit – I used blueberries and lemon slices
- To make one drink, use a shot glass (1 shot vodka, 2 shots soda & lemonade). To make a whole pitcher use a cup (3 cups vodka, 6 cups soda & lemonade)
- Pour all the liquid into a cup and stir.
- If needed, serve over ice.
- Garnish with fruit.
PS – Don’t worry guys, Utilizing my mad gambling skills, I was pretty much able to win back just about all my money…