As chef mixologist of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Mariena Mercer Boarini changed the landscape of the cocktail business in Las Vegas by creating innovative menus, implementing business savvy approaches, and introducing fresh cocktails to the mix. In 2018, she helped bring in more than $75 million in beverage sales at the resort while overseeing 21 different menus. Here, a look at some of the cocktails that make the resort successful.
Mercer Boarini oversees 21 individual menus totaling more than 150 cocktails at resort.
The Smoking Jacket cocktail inclusive of “M” Decanter Macallan served at Vesper Bar is the most expensive creation on her menu at $1,200 a cocktail. Vesper Bar, of course, closed for renovations and plans to reopen this fall.
Mercer Boarini created 158 cocktails that are still on the menu and has created more than 900 original cocktails in the past nine years at the resort.
Her most popular drink, the Verbena cocktail at The Chandelier, features a lemon verbena and ginger-infused margarita garnished with a Sichuan flower. To date, the resort sold 629,107 Verbenas, generating more than $9.5 million in revenue.
Customers ordered 63,377 house Cosmopolitans last year across property.
“Chamfeign,” which is a carbonated foam of Rose wine, strawberry rhubarb rose syrup, and egg white is one of the most unique garnishes used in her cocktails.
The Old Fashioned or Femme Fatale (a spritz) are the most ordered drinks accompanied by a meal at the resort.
The Chill Pill with lemongrass syrup, ginger puree, citrus, and cucumber fizz is the most ordered mocktail.