Adam Rains, The Golden Tiki
Adam Rains is the Lead Mixologist for the world-famous Golden Tiki and is the 2019 Nevada Restaurant Association's "Drink Specialist of the Year."
He strives to learn every day and during his career he's studied at SDSU (B.A.), BarSmarts (Advanced), Court of Master Sommeliers (Level 1), International Sommeliers Guild (Level 1 & 2) the USBG and the Certified Cicerone Program (Level 1). Along with being a contributor for several publications such as Chilled Magazine & LVFNB, he recently wrote his first cocktail book, "Lemba Loves Las Vegas" with part of the proceeds going to help out of work bartenders. Adam's mantra with both food, cocktails & life is, "fresh is best."
Created by Adam Rains, The Golden Tiki, Las Vegas
1 oz Italicus
1 oz Lemba Agricole Rum
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.50 oz Lemongrass Oleo Saccharum
Combine ingredients into shaker with ice, shake hard and fast. Strain over fresh ice. Garnish with edible flower and glitter.
Adam Rains has helmed the wheel at this tiki bar since 2018. His inspiration in his words, "The 'Diana Ross' is inspired by the iconic singer and the entertainment lore of Las Vegas. She performed in our city during the 70s & 80s to the delight of many. This homage to her brings together the floral bergamot beauty of Italicus with a locally bottled Agricole Rum made by Lemba. The tart acidity of lime juice enlivens both of these ingredients while a lemongrass & citrus oleo saccharum rounds out this potable pontification. It is garnished with edible glitter locally sourced from Dress the Drink, and edible flowers from my wife's garden."
What the judges thought:
"Adam's enthusiasm for creating cocktails goes beyond the glass. His inspiration embodies Las Vegas, the glitz of the strip and the locality that sometimes gets looked over. Dedicated to Diana Ross. The tart, sassy drink truly embraces the Glo- Cal idea. He uses a house-made lemongrass oleo saccharum with edible glitter from a local business 'Dress the Drink' and hand picked flowers from his wife's garden. Lemba Agricole Rum is owned and bottled in Las Vegas making it a local product! Italicus is the magical ingredients that brings everything together."