• Signature Drink: Blood Orange Margarita

     
    POSTED February 5, 2019
     

The cocktail menu at the new Chulita restaurant in Venice focuses on tequila and mescal, spirits that beautifully complement the restaurant’s botanas y mezcales, or Mexican drinking food.

This blood orange margarita is about balance and roundness, the interplay of tart (blood orange), bitter (Campari) and sweet (sweet vermouth). It is also an ambitious drink to create at home, requiring you to make at least one simple syrup, and to concoct the blood orange liquor. A better idea might be to stop in at Chulita’s, on your way to or from LAX, take a seat on the street-facing patio and enjoy California-style modern Mexican dishes like squash blossom quesadillas, beef cheek tacos and a ceviche with a jalapeño-fueled kick.

INGREDIENTS:
—1-1/2 oz. Angelisco Tequila Blanco or your favorite blanco or mescal
—3/4 oz. blood orange liquor (combine 1 cup sweet vermouth, 6 oz. blood orange juice and 3 oz. Campari)
—1/2 oz. agave syrup (3 parts agave, 1 part water)
—1/2 oz. lemon juice
—1/4 oz. Liquid Alchemist Ginger Syrup (or make your own with 4 parts sugar, 2 parts ginger juice and 1 part water)

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients, shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a blood orange wheel. 

Courtesy of Chulita Venice

Courtesy of Two James Spirits

A unique mix of bitters creates a treat for the senses in this seasonal sip from Corktown’s Two James Spirits. While typically busy hosting tours and private events or slinging craft cocktails in its tasting room, the distillery’s team has shifted its efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s been producing hand sanitizer for hospitals, police and fire departments across the Detroit metro, while lifting spirits with creative curbside cocktail kits.

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Seattle’s Foodz Catering is preparing to move into its new home, nicknamed the “factory,” in the Georgetown neighborhood this summer. Four times the size of its current headquarters, it will include a new kitchen, offices and a warehouse. Toast the new digs with the company’s Blueberry Mule—the recipe raises the bar on the sober-curious trend.

INGREDIENTS

—3 oz. fresh-pressed blueberry juice

—juice of half a lime

—ginger beer

—shaved ice

—sprig of mint

—lime wedge

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.