Mama Rabbit, the new lounge at the Park MGM with more than 500 different mezcal and tequila labels, also has a small collection of Oaxacan cuisine on its menu.
Some of the small bites include a guacamole trio, a salsa trio with tomatillo crudo, Oaxaca pasilla, and habanero borracho salsas, empanadas, and sweets such as churros with an Oaxacan chocolate dip or a tangy lime paleta.
Non-alcoholic drinks include house-made horchata and Jamaica agua fresca.
Los Angeles-based mezcal pioneer Bricia Lopez curated the Mama Rabbit experience, named for the legend of Mayahuel, the goddess of agave and fertility, who was said to have 400 rabbit children that she nourished with mezcal and tequila. The agave-based spirits menu features more than 500 different labels, including spirits exclusive to Mama Rabbit, such as the world’s first mezcal-barreled Blanco tequila, the first-of-its-kind mezcal aged in premium Mendocino pot still brandy casks, and a Centennial Blend featuring 10 aged tequilas in one bottle adding up to 100 years in age.
The menu is divided based on the elevation and geographic location in which the agave was grown. Customers can taste their way through Oaxaca via a geographical guide in the menu that shows the origin of each agave spirit, which can be ordered as one- or two-ounce pours and or as a tasting flight. Each is paired with a side taste, such as an Oaxacan chocolate truffle, to accentuate the flavor.
Some of the showy cocktails include the Salt of the Earth with dry ice with Los Nahuales Reposado Mezcal, Amontillado Sherry, Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur, Corazon bitters, vegetable salt, and botanicals, while Flora y Fauna also incorporates dry ice with El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, cucumber, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, lime, and rose water.
Classic cocktails also make the menu. The Palomita features Casamigos Mezcal, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit, lime, watermelon-hibiscus agua fresca cerveza, and a hibiscus salt rim. The Guelaguetza Cocktail, a staple at Lopez’s Los Angeles restaurant, is a take on the margarita with El Silencio Espadin, lime, sal de gusano, and a frozen lime paleta. Another of Lopez’s favorites is the Mamachelada, which includes her signature I Love Michelada OG Brown mix paired with Mexican lager, tajin, and lime.
Customers can order Bottle Servicito, a list of approximately 20 tequilas and 10 mezcals. Each bottle is presented with a tower with house-made mixers, fresh squeezed juices, salts, herbs, and fresh fruits.
The lounge uses biodegradable Bio Agave straws made from agave fibers discarded during the agave fermentation process.
Also of note, Vital Vegas reports that the lounge charges a 5 percent “service charge,” a fee that goes to the service staff and the lounge.
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