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Before enjoying dinner at Sage, we suggest you visit the long bar at the front of the restaurant so you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy one of the many specialty cocktails. While you’re perusing the menu, the bartender will even prepare a non-alcoholic pink lemonade palate cleanser for you, using an absinthe balancier filled with crushed ice to cool it to the perfect temperature and taste. If you’re looking for something stronger as a follow-up, though, we’d definitely recommend one of the barrel-aged tipples, including the Empire State, made with Hudson rye whiskey, root liqueur, Punt e Mes and Angostura bitters, or the Last Word, prepared with Plymouth gin, green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and fresh lime juice. If you want to ease into the evening, you’ll also find fun and fruity cocktails like a poblano-kiwi margarita or the TGV, which is made with Hennessey Black Cognac, pomegranate and blood orange liqueurs, fresh sour mix and orange juice for a contemporary twist on a Sidecar. If you’d prefer something more familiar, though, a page of the menu is devoted to classic cocktails ranging from a Dark and Stormy to a Hemingway Daiquiri to a Corpse Reviver #2. And do save some room for drinks after dinner — if you couldn’t guess it already by the glass fountain and balanciers, Sage offers an extensive absinthe collection that spans the globe from California to France. Raising your glass in high style is definitely a part of Las Vegas culture and Sage won’t let you down.
Every Vegas experience has to include a cocktail (or two). But not just any old beverage will do. Head to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Sage restaurant at ARIA Resort & Casino for its unique drinks list, which guests can read up on via an iPad brought to your table by a sommelier. It’s all in the presentation, right? Start the night off with a complimentary amuse-bouche such as the Pink Lemonade. The beverage is poured into an ice-filled absinthe balancier and then moves slowly through a see-saw device in an effort to create the perfect libation. Other drink favorites include The Cat Walk (Belvedere Lemon tea vodka, aperol, St. Germain liqueur, orange cream, rooibos tea, passion fruit, egg white and prosecco) and the Last Word (Plymouth Gin, green chartreuse, Luxardo maraschino cherries and fresh lime). If you don’t know what to order, just ask for general manager Robert Nikodem or any of the other mixologists — they’ll explain the subtleties of the beverages and craft choice concoctions worth checking out.