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March 28: Drago Centro Spring Cocktail Menu Launch

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.

Airstream Libation

Airstream Libation: Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, R. Jelínek Fernet, Toasted Coconut Infused Demerara, Fresh Lime, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Egg White.

Cool Revival

Cool Revival: Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Yuzu, Cucumber, with Lemon and Dill Meringue.

Greetings from Xanadu

Greetings from Xanadu: Banks 5 Island Rum, Pama, Java Juice Liquid Coffee Extract, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice

Nebbia Rossa

Nebbia Rossa

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

Night and the City

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.

Shotgun Wedding

Shotgun Wedding: Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Prosecco, Lemon Juice, Granny Smith Apples, Maple Sugar.

Stepchild

Stepchild: Black Grouse Blended Scotch, Cardamaro, Kumquat Cordial, Orange Juice.

Trädgård

Trädgård (“Garden”): Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Oro Blanco, Cocchi Americano, Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters, Lemon Juice, Chives

Ver La Luz Del Día

Ver La Luz Del Día (“To See the Light of Day”): Kappa Pisco, Lillet Blanc, Hangar Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Basil

Yellow Jacket Fever

Yellow Jacket Fever

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

Drago Centro
The City National Bank Plaza
525 South Flower Street, Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071
www.dragocentro.com


Nebbia Rossa
Created by Jaymee Mandeville
Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
  • .5 oz Campari
  • .5 oz Bittermens Citron Sauvage
  • .75 Dolin Blanc

Preparation:

  • Stir ingredients with ice.
  • Strain over a large ice cube in a rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
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