Friends With Benefits: Carlos Munoz
“I pride myself on my margaritas and martinis—easy drinks to make, but I put my own little twist on them,” says Carlos Munoz, bartender at Flights at Miracle Mile Shops.
Flights, which opened earlier this year, is a fun way to dine and drink as many of the tapas-style food and cocktails are served in threes. The aviation décor, including the staff uniforms, add to the fun kitsch of the Flights experience, and Munoz has been a part of all the action since day one. “People are gonna have a great time here,” Munoz says. “It’s about good food, good fun, great jokes, excellent service and of course flights and flights of drinks.”
Munoz has been whipping up cocktails for many years. Born in Mexicali, Mexico, he began working in the food and beverage industry in the U.S. as a teenager in cities such as San Diego, diligently working his way up the ladder—starting as a busser, then server and barback, eventually becoming a bartender when he lived in Laughlin, Nev.
About two years ago, he moved to Las Vegas, one of the world’s most coveted cities for his profession. “I knew it wasn’t gonna be easy, because there’s a lot of bartenders with a lot of experience, but I’m a very confident man, and I know I deserve to be in a good place; that’s why I’m here,” he says.
And that confidence shines through in Munoz. “I make an excellent michelada. For those that have a hangover, come to my bar, ask for Carlos, and I’ll make you an excellent, excellent michelada.”
Start off your Flights experience with one of their most popular craft cocktails, the Mile High—a mix of tequila, Campari and grapefruit juice. Then it’s on to the signature flights portion of the menu, where you can try an assortment of classic cocktails in different flavors and recipes. Try the mojito in watermelon, strawberry and classic flavors; the daiquiri in mango, classic lime and strawberry; or the frozen margarita in mango and jalapeno, prickly pear and classic. The list of flights goes on and on, including beer and spirits flights, too.