2016 Drinks Archive Stories

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  • Sweet on Cupid By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    BLK Earth Sea Spirits is known for two things: succulent Wagyu-grade steaks and resplendent views of Huntington Beach. I had promised dinner guests a sunset spectacle with shimmering hues, but Mother Nature intended something else that evening: As we curved along old Highway 1, the wind began whipping up and a layer of fog enveloped the car.
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • The Day Spa cocktail - a healthy highball By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography Ralph Palumbo
    When I went looking for a cocktail to feature for January, I wanted something that went along with all our health and wellness resolutions. With that in mind, I tasted drinks infused with Buckthorn oil, a vinegary offering laced with Kombucha and enough skinny margaritas to make me wonder if I would ever remember what a real margarita tastes lik
    Thu Dec 24, 2015
  • The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point features the Spiced Chocolate Martini By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    In the 30-year history of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, the elegant resort has hosted countless celebrations, from fantastic flower-bedecked nuptials to glittering galas and, of course, New Year’s hurrahs aplenty. But why wait for January to toast the coming year? For the remaining days of December, start the countdown to 2
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Tea Time: 3 Great Spots for High Tea in OC By: Jenn Tanaka and Sam Dunn
    The first known cup of tea is thought to have been poured somewhere in China around the third century, and since then the world has joined in. Brews from the true tea plant, Camellia sinensis, didn’t reach the shores of Britain until the 1600s. Though they were late to the party, the British more than made up for it by weaving the taking o
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Aqua Lounge's Seasonal Spice cocktail By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography Ralph Palumbo
    Pumpkin pie deconstructed. That’s the inspiration behind Aqua Lounge’s latest cocktail experiment. During the month of pumpkin spice madness, the bartenders at The Island Hotel decided to celebrate autumnal flavors with their take on a Thanksgiving favorite: pumpkin pie. The Seasonal Spice cocktail combines fresh pumpkin puree with v
    Fri Oct 30, 2015
  • Bloody Good Marys By: Brad A. Johnson
    There’s an unwritten rule somewhere that says you can’t drink a Bloody Mary after 5 p.m. It is meant to be a morning drink, a brunch refreshment. Once the sun goes down, only a rube or a bimbo would order a Bloody Mary. What a dumb rule. Consider me a rube and a bimbo because I think there’s never a bad time for a Bloody Mary.
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • The Riip Beer Company in Huntington Beach By: Bo McMillan
    Imagine a boozy equivalent to delivery pizza: a phone call, a wait and, suddenly, craft beer – award-winning craft beer, in fact – delivered right to your front door. In 2014 brothers-in-law Ryan Rasmussen and Ryan Hopkins started doing exactly this when their Riip Beer Co. began making its door-to-door deliveries in Huntington Beach
    Fri Sep 25, 2015
  • Fine and Dandy: The Apple Dandy at Pelican Hill Resort By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    While the rest of the country revels in fall’s flushes of amber, gold and rust, blue-gray ocean waves lapping tan  sand quietly mark our autumn. The exception can be found at Pelican Hill Resort, nestled up against Newport Coast Drive, where its Apple Dandy cocktail, served at the resort’s Social Lounge, channels a true harvest
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • High end Cocktail Mixer By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Serious mixologists may sneer at the thought of a premade cocktail mixer. But when the cold-pressed juice connoisseurs at Nékter Juice Bar created its line of low-calorie mixers longing for a boozy finish, several bar hounds took notice. One skeptical taster was SOL Cocina’s beverage director Colin Pflugradt. Then Pflugradt
    Tue Aug 04, 2015
  • Take a sip of the Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita at La Vida Cantina By: Jenn Tanaka
    Sweet HotsWhat could make lounging beside an outdoor fire pit, shielded beneath a shady palapa, more perfect than a sweet margarita that tingles the tongue with a touch of heat? That was exactly Dave Griffith’s thinking one day at the Costa Mesa water hole La Vida Cantina, where he is a partner. “The day was hot an
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • Mule Kick By: Jenn Tanaka | Photography by Ralph Palumbo
    Summer cocktails have a bad rap for being too sweet or slushy – or kitschy. (We’re talking about you, beer margaritas.) When the Fahrenheit rises what you really want is something refreshing. John Nye, Driftwood Kitchen’s director of operations, knows how to quench your thirst. Enter the Laguna mule. Nye says there&
    Thu Jun 18, 2015
  • Caliente Cool By: Jenn Tanaka
    Looking to jolt your taste buds with a subtle wave of heat? All you need for a zesty pre-dinner cocktail is a jalapeño and a touch of color from a couple of festive red bell pepper slices. Those ingredients will amp up your Cinco de Mayo cocktail menu. When Mastro’s wine & spirits director Robbi Jo Oliver concocted the Ski
    Sun May 03, 2015