On Wednesday, March 28th, Drago Centro celebrates the launch of its Spring Cocktail Menu with drink specials on all of the new libations for one night only. The signature drinks, which are normally $12, will be specially priced at $8. Earlier this week, head bartender Jaymee Mandeville hosted a tasting of the new menu, her second since taking the reins of the Drago Centro bar program.
The Nebbia Rossa (“Red Fog”) is my favorite of the spring menu, made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Campari, Bittermens Citron Sauvage, Dolin Blanc. This neo-Negroni has a flavor profile that’s right up my alley, a mix of smoky and bitter that opens up with the Bittermens grapefruit liqueur. I would enjoy this cocktail any time of year, not just this season. (Recipe below.)
Night and the City is Mandeville’s excellent take on the Bloody Mary, made with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Bittermens Hellfire, Miracle Mile Candy Cap Mushroom Bitters, Heirloom Tomato Shrub, Black Pepper and Squid Ink Syrup, Fresh Horseradish. Mandeville’s housemade ingredients helps the Night and the City stand out from the legions of Bloody Mary variations. Its Film Noir name is a nod to its black and white appearance, which is livened up by a pickled watermelon radish that you’ll wish was offered as a side dish.
The Yellow Jacket Fever is a collaboration with bartender Jen Len, made with Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Chamomile Infused Honey, Black Peppercorns. Mandeville said Len had been working with rye as the base of the Yellow Jacket Fever; Mandeville suggested the Nolet’s.
Spring Cocktail Menu Launch
Wednesday March 28, 2012
5pm to close
Spring cocktails: $8
The City National Bank Plaza
525 South Flower Street, Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Created by Jaymee Mandeville
- 1.5 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
- .5 oz Campari
- .5 oz Bittermens Citron Sauvage
- .75 Dolin Blanc
- Stir ingredients with ice.
- Strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.
- Garnish with a grapefruit twist.