Game On: New Drinks at 1886 Bar

1886 at the Raymond in Pasadena has launched a new drinks menu for the Spring and Summer. Inspired by video games, the drink names are fun and quirky. Here are some of my favorites from the new list including Luigi’s Mansion. The bright green drink is so refreshing with cucumber, lime and cilantro. Bonus! If […]

Tiki Mania in LA: Tonga Hut, Tiki-Ti, 1886 and Spare Room

  Recently I hit up Tonga Hut for their 55th Anniversary party. I’ve always liked tiki culture Some might even say one of my favorite drinks is a Mai Tai since that’s what I usually order whenever I’m anywhere near a tiki bar– and possibly because the only time I ever fought over a cocktail […]

The Making of the Smoking Jacket at 1886 Bar

  A few weeks ago, I caught the end of the winter cocktails at 1886. Although you can’t get the Smoking Jacket (pot still Irish whiskey, housemade 1886 tobacco bitters, maplewood smoke, orange vanilla ash) anymore, I thought it was such a cool process of how they made the drink, I had to post the […]

1886 1-Year Anniversary Party Recap

Has it only been a year since 1886 has been open? A few weeks ago, the bar inside the Raymond celebrated their 1-year anniversary with a huge celebration. Closing down the restaurant, there were food and drink stations set up in and around the restaurant and bar. I got there a bit late but still […]

That’s the Chartruth: Green Chartreuse Egg Cream

  Chartreuse is a hugely popular liqueur made by Carthusian monks in France. There’s a lot of lore about the liqueurs. I knew that only 2 monks at a time know the complete recipe. I didn’t know that the monks were only allowed to drink it only twice a year (Easter and Christmas). The order […]

Mixing with Minty: Privateer Rum Rainier Cherry Daiquiri

  It’s my favorite time of year! Cherry season! My favorite cherries are Ranier cherries. Those yellow-red cherries are just so delicious. I just buy pounds and pounds during the summer. And they’re great just washed and rapidly eaten on their own. But what if I put it in a drink? I remembered a great […]

La Descarga’s Tiki Tuesdays April Guest Bartenders Line-up

  La Descarga has announced their April Tiki Tuesdays guest bartenders!   April 1 – Ricky Yarnall– formerly of Bar | Kitchen, Ricky makes a return to La Descarga where he also bartended. He’ll be featuring El Dorado rum and delicious treats that night.   April 8 –  Rosie Ruiz -formerly of Big Bar, 1886 and Connie & Ted’s plus she’s […]

Recap: Carpano Antica Awards Winners

On December 10, 2012, Fratelli-Branca presented the Carpano Antica Awards. Bartenders in Southern California were invited to submit videos for various categories. The Imbiber Dan Dunn MC’d the show and notable bartenders and bloggers presented the awards. Here are the categories and winners: Best Use Of Carpano Antica in a Cocktail- Come Up With A […]

Recap of Marcos Tello Guest Bartending at Sadie

After checking out the nearby gin tasting at Hotel Juniper, I headed over to Sadie to see Marcos Tello guest bartending that night. The Staten Island called out my name immediately.  With barrel-aged Bols Genever, Galliano, Ramazotti, Carpano Antica this was strictly a stirred drink. And I loved it.   Next I was intrigued by […]

Arizona Cocktail Week: Tucson Bartenders Take Over Mabel’s

  As part of the recent Arizona Cocktail Week, Tucson bartenders from famed Scott & Co invaded Mabel’s on Main in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bar Manager Ciaran Wiese and his crew of merry makers presented a specialty menu of 4 drinks for the night. What’s the Dilly Yo – Brokers gin, Aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, […]