As we roll closer to the end of the year, I am rounding up a list of my favorites this year, starting with libations, and where to get them.
Infusioni ($32) Il Dottore is presented in a beautiful “porthole” bottle by Crucial Detail. Encased within is a concoction of Purus organic vodka, lemongrass, honey, and ginger infused with lemongrass, ginger, strawberries, and lemon.You’ll get approximately three drinks from this, and trust me when I say, it is WAY too easy to drink.
This San Diego eatery, sister restaurant to TRUST, has some very tasty cocktails which brings out the child in you. Chili Mango Slushie ($8) is an adult beverage reminiscent of a childhood slushie comprising jalapeno tequila, citrus, mango, with a little sprinkle of Tajin on top. Another cocktail is Green Machine ($11), ar bright cocktail using Knob Creek bourbon, honey, orgeat, lemon, and fire bitters.
The quartet who runs the culinary trifecta of Olea, Ironwood and Vine definitely knows a thing or two about cocktails. Here, you’ll find an array of libations by mixologist extraordinaire Gabe Whorley, who is a master of his craft. At Olea, you’ll find offerings like Rich Girl ($12.75), a vodka-based drink with rose wine, lime, yuzu and basil, as well as Jorge Lucas ($12.75) — my personal favorite — a creation pairing Mastro Dorbel Blanco Tequila, Mezcal, lime, orange juice, egg whites, serrano pepper, Tajin, and Angostura bitters.
This new downtown Fullerton addition is well on its way to earn a spot as not only being an ideal watering hole, but also, one that is interactive and fun. Here, you can peruse the beer taps against the back wall, take sips from what tickles your fancy, then pour yourself a pint, or make a flight of your favorites to savor. There is cider, IPAs, ales, as well as dark beer, which is always what I gravitate towards. Also available are stunning cocktails should you not be a fan of beer.
The Recess Room
This Fountain Valley gem has been at the top of its cocktail game since the beginning. Cocktails are creative, refreshing, and visually pleasing. Some standouts this year include (from left:) Mary Poppins ($12) a Cana Brava rum-based libation with sweetness from pineapple, grenadine and Luxardo cherries. Or partake in one of my favorites — Blackberry Bramble ($12) a light and refreshing concoction with your choice of vodka or gin. If you’re looking for a whimsical twist, then Froze ($10) might just be the one for you. This beautifully hued presentation comprises Absolut vodka, Lillet rose, Campo Viejo sparkling rose, lemon and strawberry and is way too easy to drink. New seasonal cocktails are now available and the mixologist is amazing at creating drinks — just for you — from your favorite flavors and notes!