What are you doing tonight? Nothing? Good, ‘cuz now you’ve got plans. Head over to Drago Centro to check out the debut of their spectacular spring cocktail menu on the cheap. With drinks for just $8 tonight (normally $12 each) and a killer small bites bar menu, you can’t go wrong. Beverage Director Michael Shearin and Head Bartender/Mixologist Jaymee Mandeville gave me a sneak preview of the menu earlier this week, highlighting their light, refreshing spring-inspired collaborative concoctions. Among some of my favorites: Green Flash (Sombra Mezcal, Marie Brizard Apry, Coconut Cream, Kiwi, Lime, Cilantro, Navan Infused Raisins) and Tomāto/Tomăto (Casa Noble Crystal Organic Tequila, Creole Shrub, Cherry Tomatoes, House Made Ancho Chili Tincture, Lemon). Check out my full review on CitySip.com. Here’s a preview below. Scroll to the bottom for tonight’s event details.
Drago Centro Launches New Spring Cocktail Menu
By Jessica Borges
As Mother Nature would have it, spring is upon us in full force – especially this week with a forecast of cool, cloudy dewiness, perfect for budding flowerbeds and sending Angelenos into hibernation until the sun resurfaces. But alas, there is motivation for you to get out of bed and experience the lighter, sunnier side of spring: Drago Centro is launching their new Spring Cocktail Menu and the offerings are pretty damn good. Beverage Director, Michael Shearin and Head Bartender, Jaymee Mandeville collaborated on the new menu and recently offered a sneak preview to Thirsty in LA’s Dan Djang and me. Check it out tonight, Wednesday May 18th for a launch special, where signature drinks will be $8 (normally priced at $12 each).
American Graffiti – Art in the Age Root, Rock Junmai Sake, Luxardo Morlacco, Bar Keep Baked Apple Bitters. This root beer liqueur and organic bitters blend nicely, making it a great go-to choice for the after dinner cocktail. All you need is some ice cream and you’ve got yourself an old-school root beer float-esk treat. Yum.
Bullet with Butterfly Wings – Named after the lead single on The Smashing Pumpkins 1995 double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, this cocktail is crafted to live up to its Number One Hit name. Well-balanced, Bullet with Butterfly Wings makes it easy to sip quickly, though taken in slowly you’ll enjoy subtle notes of spice paired with a sweet touch and a hint of fresh sage. Ingredients: Bulleit Rye, Cynar, Pineapple, Sage, Lemon.
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Where: Drago Centro
The City National Bank Plaza
525 South Flower Street, Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071
When: Wednesday May 18, 2011 5:00 p.m. ’til close
What: Delicious $8 specialty cocktails featured in the new spring menu
Now, quit reading this and hoof it over there! And if you can’t make it tonight, the drinks are a must-try any other day or night while the menu is still in place.