Bar Chef Koire Rogers puts a modern twist on cocktails made popular in the 1980s
ARC Bar Chef Koire Rogers is paying homage to the ‘80s as he launches a new Spring Bar Menu with his twist on cocktails such as the Pina Colada, Fuzzy Navel, and Midori Sour.
“The 1980s are now known as ‘the Dark Age of Cocktails,’ when poorly made, sweet vodka drinks made with canned juices and bottled syrups prevailed,” explained Rogers, whose bar program at ARC focuses on craft libations created with house-made syrups and bitters, along with locally sourced artisanal ingredients. “With our new Spring menu, I want to redefine the ‘80s by taking a few of the decade’s best known cocktails and recreating them using fresh, unique, quality ingredients and our signature techniques.”
The following cocktails are available February through the end of April 2014:
PINA COLADA – Zaya 12-year rum, fresh pineapple, coconut milk, orgeat (almond sweetener), roasted macadamia nut bitters; served in a coconut cut to order
APPLETINI – Fords gin, honey, lemon, house-juiced Granny Smith apple
FUZZY NAVEL – Germaine Robin California brandy, peach jam, fresh lemon and orange juices
MIDORI SOUR – Midori, gin, fresh-squeezed watermelon and lemon juices, Mexican Sprite, pickled watermelon rind
COSMOPOLITAN – house-made juniper & citrus peel vodka, dry Curaçao, fresh lime, cranberry bitters
We have had the pleasure of trying the Pina Colada on our last visit. Nothing like great booze and fresh ingredients. Makes all the difference in the world.
ARC Food & Libations
3321 Hyland Avenue Suite F
Costa Mesa, CA 92626