little dark chocolate and cinnamon in it; and
call it Iced Mayan Chocolate Café,” Richards
says. “I see food menus and look for the hot,
trendy flavors out there. I’ll try to match those
flavors using fresh, high-quality ingredients.”
Richards can match a customer’s taste
desires with an innovative cocktail on the fly.
Ask for something refreshing and she’ll offer
her signature Cucumber & Ginger Cooler.
“People come here year-round asking for
that cocktail,” Richards says. “We’ve had peo-
ple stay at the Wynn just because they love
In less than a decade, Richards has become
one of the most respected women in the hos-
pitality industry. She received the 2008 Cheers
magazine Rising Star Award and in 2009 was
named on Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best
Hotel Bartenders” list.
“Young women come up to me and say, ‘I
want to be just like you.’ That’s an honor to
have people say that,” Richards says. “But I
know I have a long way to go. I’m just trying
to learn something new every day.” C
Fiamma Trattoria in 2003. Her skills and
work ethic caught the attention of the city’s
casino and resort executives, and in 2005 she
was hired by the Wynn.
As the first woman to hold an executive-
level mixology position in Las Vegas, Richards
creates or approves every cocktail on every
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore menu. She man-
ages millions of dollars in liquor inventory.
She’s also the face of Wynn’s international
beverage presence, competing in cocktail
competitions and frequently judging contests.
Patricia Richards’ cocktails
Cucumber & Ginger Cooler
1½ inches of thinly sliced English cucumber (you may use a mandoline for this) ½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1 oz. Hendrick’s gin 1 oz. Canton Ginger Liqueur ½ oz. agave syrup 4 oz. club soda In the mixing glass part of a Boston cock- tail shaker, muddle the cucumber with the lime juice. Add the gin, ginger liqueur and agave syrup. Fill the mixing tin part of the shaker two-thirds full of cubed ice and shake ingredients well to chill and combine. Pour contents of tin into a tall pilsner glass. Top with club soda and gently stir to combine. Add additional ice as needed. Garnish and serve. Garnish: A beautiful mint sprig.
1½ oz. Patrón Silver Tequila
¾ oz. Cointreau
1½ oz. Kirkland Signature™ Premium
Margarita Cocktail Mix
1½ oz. POM pomegranate juice
½ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ oz. agave syrup
Place all of the ingredients in the mixing
glass part of a Boston cocktail shaker.
Fill the mixing tin part of the shaker
two-thirds full of cubed ice and shake
ingredients well to chill and combine.
Strain over fresh ice into a 12-oz. highball glass. Garnish and serve.
Garnish: Prop a lime wheel on the rim
of the glass.
Fred Minnick is a writer and photographer
who covers food, wine and spirits for various
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