How to Make Cachaça-based Cocktail Video Killed the Radio Star

We dropped by the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to get some insider tips on making a jazzed-up cocktail.


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Here, Mariena Mercer, chef mixologist at the Chandelier Bar, demonstrates how to make one of their signature libations: Video Killed the Radio Star. It’s made with cachaça, a spirit made from fermented sugar cane juice thats akin to rum, as well as a bergamot and passionfruit liquers. It’s the perfect drink for summer.

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For the Black Pepper Honey Syrup (makes a batch)

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1Tbsp Black Peppercorns
  • ½ cup crushed green cardamom pods

For the Spiced Coconut Foam

  • 2 cups black pepper honey syrup
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 cup Coco Lopez Coconut Cream
  • 2 cups pasteurized egg whites


For the Black Pepper Honey Syrup: Bring ingredients to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes, then let cool and strain.

For the Spiced Coconut Foam: Mix all ingredients together, then load into iSi container and double charge with N20. Refrigerate.

To make the Video Killed the Radio Star cocktail: Add all ingredients together in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Top with spiced coconut foam. Garnish with edible paper, if desired.


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