News: “OC Cocktail Week” Celebrates Fine Spirits and Nightlife March 2-8, 2014

Manhattan 320 Main

The creators of OC Restaurant Week introduce the first-ever “OC Cocktail Week” in honor of handcrafted cocktails. Libation lovers are invited to enjoy cocktails paired with custom sample menu items, available for only $20.14 at over 45 participating restaurants and bars across Orange County. OC Cocktail Week creates an atmosphere where seasoned mixologists and nightlife lovers can unite in celebration of craft cocktail making.

The weeklong event is an all-encompassing experience that offers insight into mixology through live drink demonstrations, recipe sharing, and book signings at various locations. For information on live demos visit Classic and new wave cocktails are also explored on the OC Cocktail Week website, with recipes available instantly at

Food pairings included in the $20.14 pricing accentuate the flavors of the cocktails, and add to the allure of the event. Each participating bar and restaurant will have its own custom menu of delectable samples. Mesa in Costa Mesa presents the Trinidadian cocktail made with Zaya 12 Year Rum, Angostura Bitters, Chocolate Bitters, Almond, and Orange Oil. The Trinidadian will be paired with Mesa Pork Belly, pan seared on top of a crispy rice cake and frisee, pork raspberry reduction and micro greens.

Red O in Newport Beach gives guests a chance to choose between three pairing options. One option is the Topolo Margarita paired with Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche. The cocktail is made with El Agave Silver Tequila, JDK & Sons O3 Orange Liqueur, house limonada, and served on the rocks. The Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche consists of steamed Mexican white shrimp and calamari, orange, lime, habanero, avacado, jicama and cilantro.

Sweet pairings are also a highlight of the event. 320 Main in Seal Beach gives guests the option of pairing a Coffee Cream Puff dessert with the Male Order Bride cocktail made with Beefeater Gin, Firelit coffee liqueur, cream, and grated coffee bean, or the Donut Flip cocktail made with angostura fat washed with roasted bone marrow, cream, egg, and sugar.

For general information, list of participating bars and restaurants, or sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit

Check out some original cocktail recipes from Saturday Night Foodies:

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