Last month, our staff had the privilege of stepping back in time and shaking things up in San Juan Capistrano at a Roaring 20's themed holiday party.
The evening kicked off with the Martini. Vodka or gin with dry vermouth, – the choice was yours. Every sip felt like a journey back to the Gatsby era.
As the night unfolded, the Cosmopolitan took center stage. Gin, lemon, orange, and freshly muddled raspberries. The perfect blend of sweet and tart.
The Aviation brought a touch of elegance to our glasses. Gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon. A nod to the spirit of the Roaring 20’s and first published in 1916.
The Old Fashioned - bourbon, simple syrup, and Angostura bitters - a simple yet timeless concoction with laid-back sophistication.
Here's to this spectacular soirée, where the past met the present, and our staff got to be the architects of the cocktail time machine. A night that will be talked about until the next roaring decade!
Cali Craft Cocktails had the pleasure of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary as we bartended for Jon's holiday extravaganza.
The Penicillin, a smoky scotch, honey, ginger, and lemon was like a cure for the winter blues, with each sip radiating comfort and holiday joy.
The Dirty Martini with a choice of gin or vodka, olive brine, and dry vermouth was the kind of drink that made everyone say, "Olive you a Merry Christmas!"
The Margarita. A classic, with tequila, fresh lime juice, a touch of agave and a single dash of orange bitters is ALWAYS a good choice.
The Sicilian Sunrise - gin, Aperol, lemon juice, honey syrup and rhubarb bitters was a toast to holiday horizons and the promise of a new year filled with endless possibilities.
Cheers to Jon's jolly jubilee, where our cocktails blended seamlessly with the warmth of the season. Here's to good times, great company, and the holiday spirits that linger long after the last ornament is packed away!
Launching the libation journey was the "Barefoot” cocktail; a spicy margarita that we make with a touch of pineapple to keep it interesting.
Also requested was the "Gold Rush,” offering a classic bourbon blend with honey.
Our third cocktail was the “Mojito” with muddled mint, lime, simple syrup, and a splash of soda.
The "Gordon's Cup” was our fourth signature drink. A classic gin cocktail with crisp cucumber accented with salt and pepper.
Cheers to cinematic successes and the spirited bonds that make Big Picture truly exceptional! We hope you had fun!
The theme is Halloween, and the bar is set to be the epicenter of the spooky celebration (as always!).
For those who dare, we introduce the “Dragon's Egg”, a cocktail that promises to spark your senses and breathe fire into your night. A twist on the classic Tommy’s Margarita, this bewitching elixir combines the staple of tequila, the zesty kick of lime, the natural sweetness of agave, the aromatic dance of orange bitters, and the fiery intensity of jalapeño. It's a symphony of flavors, a dance of elements that results in a libation that's as enchanting as it is bold.
For those seeking timeless elegance, the “Black Pearl” is a take on the Old Fashioned, but using black walnut bitters instead of Angostura. This add a dark and slightly bitter flavor that weaves through the concoction, leaving a lingering complexity on the palate.
The "Monkey Paw” is our version of the Moscow Mule. Instead of ginger beer doing all of the heavy ginger lifting, we use our in-house freshly ginger syrup, to give this cocktail an extra KICK. We also top with bitters and as you sip, you're greeted by layers of flavor – the initial citrusy notes, the crescendo of ginger spice, and the subtle finale of aromatic bitters.
As a bartender, it's not just about the drinks; it's about weaving an atmosphere that complements the theme. Cobwebs, dim lighting, and haunting tunes set the stage for a night where every sip is an invitation to the supernatural.
Bartending at Dave and Jill’s house again. We love it there!!! This time it was a luau theme in the summer and was a unique and fantastic experience. It was like taking a traditional celebration and turning it into a tropical paradise. The couple's attention to detail and the warm weather set the tone, and our role was to craft cocktails that transport guests to an island getaway. It was all about the fun, the floral leis, and the delicious drinks. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and more importantly TEQUILA! Love you guys!! <3
Bartending at a birthday event during a fun summer party is a thrilling experience that combines the art of mixology with the joy of celebration. That's how it was bartending for Andrea's Wine Wars birthday celebration! Imagine a vibrant outdoor setting with the sun setting, laughter filling the air, and guests donning their best summer attire. As the bartender, you have the privilege of crafting delicious, seasonal cocktails that perfectly match the occasion. Whether it's a refreshing lemon drop, margarita, old fashioned, or a mojito, the goal is to infuse the party with flavors that mirror the exuberance of the season. You become more than a mixologist; you're a maestro of merriment, crafting libations that enhance the birthday spirit and elevate the overall atmosphere. It's an experience filled with laughter, clinking glasses, and unforgettable memories as you help guests savor the taste of summer in every sip.
Sarah is the founder, owner and CEO of Cali Craft Cocktails. A premium, full-service mobile bar located in Los Angeles.
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