In Los Angeles, a change in seasons doesn’t mean much – same weather and same traffic. The main reason to get excited about a change in seasons is that it gives our mixologists an excuse to change their cocktail menus. Earlier this week, I checked out Michael’s amazing new menu in Santa Monica. Now, it’s time to take a look at what “Hot Bartender” Jaymee Mandeville is mixing up behind the now Michael Shearin-less Drago Centro downtown.
The first two drinks of the night:
- Lushington: Rye whiskey, quince gastrique, egg white, 25yr aged balsamic vinegar
- Hot Bellied .45: Bulleit bourbon, del maguey vida mezcal, cocchi americano, art in the age snap, fee bros. lemon bitters
I’ve long been a lover of bulleit bourbon, and a recent convert to the amazing cocchi americano aperitif, so the Hot Bellied .45 was a must try for me. Mezcal adds a welcomed smokiness, and I could have gone for even a bit more smoke.
Just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your evening with a tiki drink.
- Song of the Siren: Appleton VX rum, cruzan blackstrap rum, amaro cio ciaro, velvet falernum, apry, fee bros. sour cherry bitters, fresh lime
- Organized Konfusion: Tanteo cocoa infused tequila, fresh banana, fresh lime, espelette pepper tincture
- Nolet’s gin, green chartreuse, fresh lemon juice, lavender water, egg white, fernet branca mist.
- Highland Park 12yr scotch, fig & basil infused water, single ice cube
There may be a new cocktail menu, but the all night happy hour with $5 cocktails and discounted bar bites are still there. The il pane all’aglio (garlic bread filled with mozzarella cheese) were a nice carb-bomb, and I also enjoyed the sausage pizza ($4) and oysters ($5).
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