The description of this drink is something I’ve really had to think about. It’s just so hard to describe what I had at the Chandelier bar in the Cosmopolitan. It was a drink with a garnish that changed the whole taste. Sure, one could say a margarita has a garnish that changes its taste, the salt on the rim adding a little something extra. But the garnish on this drink, called the Verbena, will make you reconsider the importance of a garnish. It can be more than just a pretty accompaniment.
The flower that garnishes the Verbena activates your salivary glands. It makes your mouth tingle and allows you to taste the sweetness of the drink while adding other flavors. It is something you have to experience to understand fully, I think.
Watch the video below to see more about this interesting, weird drink on the Vegas Strip.
Did you know there is a bar on the Strip that is inside a chandelier? It is in The Cosmopolitan. It is called The Chandelier and it has the WEIRDEST drink. It’s really cool.
So we’re here in The Chandelier in The Cosmopolitan and we’re at the middle of the Chandelier. It is actually Level 1.5, so it is between Level 1 and Level 2, obviously. But each level has its own drink and this second tier, Level 1.5, has the Verbena. And we’re going to try it.
You’re going to take the flower, including the stem, and pop the whole thing in your mouth. You need to chew this up really well before you swallow it, about 15, maybe 20 seconds. Be sure that you move this around. You want it to contact the taste buds all over your mouth. The better you chew it, the more you move it around, the more pronounced its effects will be. You want to swallow what is left of the flower. It is completely edible after that. And then go back and sip the cocktail.
Whoa! That’s crazy.
Is it good or bad?
It is weird. The flower doesn’t taste very good, but it leaves your mouth all weird. And then when you drink the cocktail, it just creates this crazy feeling in your mouth. Tingly, and bitter, but sweet.
That’s really crazy.
When you first start eating the flower, when it starts really reacting to your taste buds and your saliva and all that, you’re like where is this going to go. Because it tastes– it’s not my favorite taste in the world. But it activates all these taste receptors in your mouth that you didn’t even realize you had. Like now as it comes down, it is like this salty taste and it really– it’s like when you have the salt on the rim of a margarita– when you have a margarita with that salty and sweet taste. And that’s what you get with this cocktail. You know what it is truly a masterpiece. I had no clue where this is going, but I’m glad I kept going with it.
One thing I forgot to mention while filming was that your saliva glands overreact because of the flower, so as I was editing this video, my saliva glands were starting to really work. It was crazy.