Pop Goes the 1886 Summer Cocktail Menu

As the summer of 2012 heats up, thirsty Angelenos can look forward to Thursday, July 12th, when 1886 Bar at The Raymond officially debuts its Summer Cocktail Menu. Head Barman Garrett McKechnie (hot on the heels of his work on the Bow & Truss opening menu) and his team have created twelve new summer cocktails that are divided into four categories: Regional, Seasonal, Shaken and Stirred. McKechnie said that the 1886 crew “wanted to include all of the elements of summer that create great memories.” He added that they were “inspired by so many things: fresh herbs, sweet tea, tropical flavors, fresh fruit, summer vacations, soda pop, popsicles, fresh flowers and much more.”

Southern Belle Whistle - 1886

Southern Belle Whistle | Photo by Luis Nava

The summer menu kicks off in the Regional section with the Pimm’s No. 6, a spritzer made of Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and 1886’s summer Pimm’s recipe, topped with homemade sparkling lemonade. Following on the spring menu’s wildly popular Rum Whistle, Greg Gertmenian and The Raymond’s pastry chef Jeff Haines team up again to create the Southern Belle Whistle, a soda pop with fresh yellow peaches, black tea and 1886 Buffalo Trace Bourbon. McKechnie and Peter Lloyd Jones created the Summer Shrub Fizz, made with Demerara Rum, London Dry Gin, organic egg white and a homemade strawberry shrub with Meyer-lemon essence.

The Seasonal section features the Strawberry Paleta, made with fresh California strawberries, cream and a “healthy dose” of rum. McKechnie’s adult version of the classic Latin American ice pop is the first of 1886’s rotating summer paleta “Pop Shots” and is sure to be a hit as the summer heats up. Inspired by summer trips with her family to La Paz, Lacey Murillo keeps the summer smokin’ with the La Brigada, made with chicharrón, mezcal, homemade agave liqueur, fresh pineapple and lime served over crushed ice with a shard of frozen coconut water. The After Hours is a collaboration between Murillo and Brady Weise, a spiced rum swizzle made with passion fruit, pineapple and bitters, topped with Hazelnut Porter. And for those who really want to chill, McKechnie’s TRANQUILIZER is a potent mix of Overproof Rum, Batavia Arrack, coconut and pineapple.

For the Shaken section, McKechnie teams up with New York’s Brian Miller (Lani Kai) for the Kai Lani, a boozy Tiki cocktail that brings Aged Rum and Overproof Jamaican Rum together with Peach Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and McKechnie’s Spice Mix #1. 1886’s spirited godfather Marcos Tello makes an appearance with a Bols Genever Basil Collins, aka the BBC. Weise steps outside his familiar beer cocktail setting with the Rosebud, made with homemade Hibiscus Liqueur, Benedictine, fresh lime juice and Reposado Tequila, topped with Fever Tree’s lite tonic water.

The Stirred section leads off with the XOCOLATE, the debut cocktail from Eder Campos, made with Reposado Tequila, Italian Vermouth, Crème De Cacao and Mexican Mole Bitters. The 1886 crew gives a cocktail shout out to Eveleigh bar manager Dave Kupchinsky and his Dutch Kills: Bols Barrel Aged Genever, Italian Vermouth, bitters and a dash of Apricot Liqueur. 1886 is also offering the last of its 2011 Barrel-Aged Vintage Caprice, made with London Dry Gin, Dry Vermouth, Benedictine and Orange Bitters.

1886 at The Raymond
1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave. (at Columbia)
Pasadena, CA  91105
(626) 441-3136

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