So, I made this Flamingo cocktail today with the idea that I would post it in the usual time it takes me to post anything – a month, six weeks, some time in the yet to be disclosed future. But then I opened my email and discovered that today, December 26 in the way back of 1946 was the day that Bugsy Siegel opened the Pink Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
I’m not a big fan of posting too quickly because I like to
procrastinate carefully curate what goes into these pages.
It’s why the quality is usually so high…😂
But some opportunities are too good to miss.
And how pretty is this? It’s a gorgeous, glorious, fabulous pink! Perfect for drinking at the most fabulous, magnificent , luxurious resort in the world….or just, you know, at home…
Siegel, called “the mobster with the beautiful blue eyes” by Cesar Romero named the resort the Flamingo after his girlfriend Virginia Hill who was a leggy redhead.
The opening of the Pink Flamingo Casino was a total clusterf**k. Bad weather kept many of the Hollywood celebrities who had been invited to the opening away. The rooms weren’t finished so gamblers took their winnings elsewhere. By the end of the first week, the Pink Flamingo had lost $300,000 in revenue. By the end of its first year of operation it had earned nothing!
Siegel was shot to death in 1947.
A memorial to him still exists in the current Flamingo complex.
Far from being a clusterf**k, the Flamingo cocktail is a total delight!
Gin, Apricot Brandy, lime juice and Grenadine make it delicious!
A maraschino cherry gives it some vintage glamour. It’s not in the recipe but it does make it gorgeous!
Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!!!!