News: ARC’s New Spring Bar Menu Pays Tribute to the ‘80s – Costa Mesa, CA

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 knownContinue reading “News: ARC’s New Spring Bar Menu Pays Tribute to the ‘80s – Costa Mesa, CA”

Over Fifty Years of Tiki Tradition – Tiki Ti – Los Angeles, CA

Where Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards meet there is a tiny tiki bar straight out of time. Picture a long dark bar, tiki trinkets everywhere, many of which have been provided by their customers, blinking lights, a waterfall, bottles of booze and smoke-filled air. Turns out, if the establishment is owner-operated, customers can smoke. Now, whyContinue reading “Over Fifty Years of Tiki Tradition – Tiki Ti – Los Angeles, CA”

Home of the Original Pina Colada – Caribe Hilton – San Juan, Puerto Rica

Kim and I recently were able to visit the home of the Pina Colada in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the Oasis Bar of the amazing Caribe Hilton. Beautiful location, super friendly bartenders and great drinks. However be careful to ask for a handmade Pina Colada, as the normal ones we found out are fromContinue reading “Home of the Original Pina Colada – Caribe Hilton – San Juan, Puerto Rica”

News: OC Cocktail Week – March 2-8, 2014

Now this is something we are very excited. The first-ever OC Cocktail Week unfolds March 2-8 at more than 40 bars and restaurants throughout Orange County, offering handcrafted cocktails paired with small bites for only $20.14. The event kicks off after the wildly popular OC Restaurant Week, giving cocktail lovers and foodies a chance toContinue reading “News: OC Cocktail Week – March 2-8, 2014”

Disneyland Knows Tiki – Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland Hotel – Anaheim, CA

We’ve been on a real tiki bar kick as of late. We enjoy the nostalgia that they invoke and so we started to look up tiki bars to experience them wherever we travel. We were recently turned onto a new tiki bar by a friend’s Facebook check-in and were surprised to discover it was practicallyContinue reading “Disneyland Knows Tiki – Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, Disneyland Hotel – Anaheim, CA”

Great Setting for Cocktails at Grand Central Terminal – The Campbell Apartment – New York, NY

This is a very fun spot at the world famous Grand Central Terminal in New York City. This bar is a popular hangout for locals waiting to catch the train after work. If you get in early you can grab a seat but it’s standing room only after the 5 o’clock whistle. It’s a funContinue reading “Great Setting for Cocktails at Grand Central Terminal – The Campbell Apartment – New York, NY”

The Original Tiki Drink Company – Don's Dagger Bar at Don the Beachcomber – Sunset Beach, CA

Kim and I have been on a mad hunt discovering different bars across the U.S. We are working to get them posted when we have time so we can share what we’ve found with you. Most of the time the bars we seek specialize in craft and vintage cocktails. One throw back of the vintageContinue reading “The Original Tiki Drink Company – Don's Dagger Bar at Don the Beachcomber – Sunset Beach, CA”

Craft Cocktail Recipe: #090713 Penny Packer Bourbon with Allspice Dram

We recently picked up a copy of Savory Cocktails: Sour Spicy Herbal Umami Bitter Smoky Rich Strong by Greg Henry. In it was a drink that caught our eye, “The Spice Trail”. Clove infused honey syrup, gin, rye, allspice dram and bitters. It’s a very complex drink, and like every other recipe we get ourContinue reading “Craft Cocktail Recipe: #090713 Penny Packer Bourbon with Allspice Dram”

Craft Cocktail Recipe: #070313 California Sour

A New York Sour is a classic cocktail that we decided to tweak. It turned out really good on the first try which surprised us. It helped that we used a very good rye whiskey, spectacular Syrah and some of our own homemade simple syrup. This drink is very easy to make and surprisingly addictive.Continue reading “Craft Cocktail Recipe: #070313 California Sour”

Craft Cocktail Recipe: #020213 Blood Orange (Moscow) Mule

I am still on the blood orange kick. As long as they are fresh, I just have the need to use them. Moscow Mule is a very easy drink to make. Three ingredients with a little stir over ice and you are done. We added our own twist, just because we can! Adding the bloodContinue reading “Craft Cocktail Recipe: #020213 Blood Orange (Moscow) Mule”