PACKING A PUNCH

One Restaurant, Nine ways to sample sangria

Red or white? When deciding on sangria at most restaurants, that’s about as complicated as it gets. It’s not that the Spanish wine punch isn’t versatile. On the contrary, it’s so versatile that nearly everybody who makes it has their own recipe — if they bother to rely on a recipe at all. So when you order a glass of sangria, the most you’re likely to know going in is whether the wine at its base is red or white. Not so, however, at Alexxa’s.

The bar staff at Paris Las Vegas’ new Strip-side lounge mixes up nine styles. They’re based around familiar grape varietals such as zinfadel, grenache, chardonnay and pinot noir, and their more exotic cousins, tempranillo and albariño. Those who like bubbles can choose from sparkling wine or cider recipes. In deference to sangria’s improvisational tradition, The Modern is described simply as the “chef’s whim.”

If sangria’s not for you, Alexxa’s has a full bar menu that includes four communal punches served in ornate crystal punch bowls. Toss in a view of the Bellagio fountain, live entertainment on most evenings and a menu of creative shareable bites, and it’s a great way to relax with a group of friends.

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