Brett Ratner Headlines The Hilhaven Lodge Whiskey’s Vegas Launch

Wynn Las Vegas Susnet

This last week, I had the opportunity to fly out to Las Vegas to attend the launch of The Hilhaven Lodge whiskey. As the event combined two of my favorite things in life–Vegas and whiskey—I’m sure it comes as no surprise when I say it was pretty awesome. The affair was held at Sinatra in the Encore, where three delicious cocktails and an amazing buffet dinner were served.

Sinatra Room at Encore, Las Vegas

Brett Ratner, renowned director and partner of The Hillhaven Lodge, headlined the event. In his speech he shard the story of the whiskey and the brand’s relation to his illustrious estate, Hilhaven lodge, where countless Hollywood celebrations have been held throughout the years. National Whiskey Educator, Doug Kragel, spoke as well, illustrating The Hilhaven Lodge’s awards and credentials. Other noteworthy individuals, such as Steve Wynn, were also in attendance.

Brett Ratner and Steve Wynn

Brett Ratner and Steve Wynn reenacting Wynn with Sinatra

Whiskey Educator Doug Kragel

National Whiskey Educator Doug Kragel

While the night was over quickly, as the best things usually are, I did come away with the recipes for the amazing cocktails they were serving. If you need me this weekend, I’ll probably be sipping on one of these next to my Brett Ratner doll, while reminiscently listening to Sinatra and playing Blackjack on my phone. I’ve shared them down below in case you feel like doing the same.

The Hilhaven Lodge Cocktail Recipes

The Hilhaven Lodge Cocktail recipes

The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned

The Hilhaven Lodge Old Fashioned Recipe

  • 1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey
  • Sugar Cube
  • 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • Orange Peel

The Hilhaven Lodge Highball

The Hilhaven Lodge Highball Recipe

  • 1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey
  • Sparkling water
  • Lime wedge

The Hilhaven Lodge Smash

The Hilhaven Lodge Smash Recipe

Recipe courtesy of the Encore/Wynn in-house mixologist

  • 1.5 oz. of The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey
  • Pineapple-Strawberry Syrup
  • Muddled Pineapples and Strawberries

Sarah Militello-Wilson is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle blogger. Originally from the outskirts of the outskirts of a small town in Illinois, her love and endless curiosity for all things science, nature, and wayfaring have been with her throughout her life. She takes her coffee with milk and flowers :)

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