We have visited the Fusion Bar in the Palazzo on several occasions and have always been impressed with the artistry of their Mixologists.

Recently they earned the recognition that they deserved.
The Art of Design presented by EFFEN® Vodka is a unique series of events in Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, and Milwaukee. In each city, premier local mixologists design the ultimate EFFEN® Vodka martini. Guests have the opportunity to view the works of local artists, sample the freshly designed cocktails and vote for the most provocative premium martini.

On Thursday, April 22nd the competition took place in Las Vegas where THREE mixologists at Fusion Mixology Bar inside The Palazzo took home the coveted title of EFFEN® Vodka Mixologist: Emilio Turibico took first place and Wendy Verdel and Greg Black tied for second place. The competition was set up Iron Chef style where the mixologists, in two-man teams, had to select five ingredients from a selection of 50 items plus the liquor. Each mixologist was then given a limited amount of time to create the cocktail. The winning cocktails were:

 Emilio Turibico:


2oz Effen Vodka

1.5 oz Pineapple juice

2 Cactus Piece muddled


Wendy Verdel:

 Effen Sweet Heat

One quarter slice of peeled cucumber

One quarter slice of jalapeño with seeds

Eight Raspberries

· 1 ounce fresh Sweet Lemon Sour

· 2 ounces of Effen Vodka
Muddle first four ingredients, add vodka and shake hard. Double Strain in Martini Glass.

Garnish with a long cucumber peel and raspberries.

Greg Black:

Effen Good Time

5-7 Blueberries, Blackberries

.5 oz egg whites

.5oz Cointreau

1 oz Effin Blk Cherry

2 oz “Fresh Sour mix”

Muddle, Shake and Strain…