Restaurateurs in Orange County are serving up some of the freshest new cocktails for the new year. It’s going to be a monumental year for mixologists in the OC with the community seeking bold, fresh new cocktails while dining out. We have some of the most sought-after new cocktails being served in 2013 around Orange County.
210 W. Birch Street
Brea, CA 92821
Friends and family will come together in the relaxing environment of Bruno’s. Guests become part of the family while dining and enjoying cocktails at this authentic family-style Italian restaurant. One of Bruno’s freshest new cocktails being offered in the new year is the Fragola Martini. This signature cocktail is made with Wodka Vodka, fresh strawberries, house-made balsamic syrup and fresh lemon juice.
110 Birch Street
Brea, CA 92821
Cha Cha’s offers a unique California Latin-inspired menu born out of the love of Latin cuisines by two seasoned restaurateurs. The dishes are modern, yet true to authentic roots. Cha Cha’s offers some of the finest tequilas with house-made infusions and fresh seasonal fruits. We recommend trying the Cha Cha’s Mojitos in the new year. This mojito is made with Myer’s Platinum Rum, fresh lime juice, mint and sugar cane that is served frozen.
251 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Sol Cocina brings a contemporary spin on Mexican cocktails while using fresh seasonal ingredients. All of the cocktails are designed to bring out the authentic flavors of the menu using ultra-premium tequilas and mezcals. There are two new must-have drinks for the new year at Sol Cocina.
Our first recommendation is the Horchata Martini. A loved drink in Mexico, Sol Cocina is introducing their own house-made horchata. It is shaken and strained with a black tea-infused Don Julio Reposado tequila and 1921 Crema Tequila, then dusted with cinnamon before serving.
The second recommendation for the new year is the 1921 Tea. This is a warm cocktail perfect for sipping in front of the indoor fireplace inside the Sol Cocina lounge. This cocktail is served in a sniffer with warm English breakfast tea, Grand Marnier and 1921 Crema tequila.
190 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
Haven is well-known in the community for their wide selection of craft beers, boutique wines and classic cocktails. They have a menu created by Le Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef Greg Daniels that offers European flare with a modern American twist. There are two cocktails that we recommend ordering while dining at Haven Gastropub this year.
The first drink we recommend it is the Smokin’ Scotch. This drink is made with La Puritita Mezcal, Grand Marnier, house-made sweet & sour and smoked salt. For those looking for something a little more sour, we recommend the Pisco Sour. This cocktail is made using Oro Pisco, house-made sweet & sour, egg white and Angostura Bitter.
Wild Goose Tavern
436 East 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Wild Goose Tavern is known for their seasonal craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails. The tavern offers artisanal burgers, tacos and gourmet sausages to be enjoyed in their hunting lodge-style saloon. One of the most sought-after cocktails at Wild Goose this year is the Sazerac. This cocktail is made with Templeton Rye, brown sugar, Peychaud’s bitters and Kubler Absinthe.
Shelby is an Orange County Native, and is a freelance writer for multiple magazines and websites around LA and Orange County. She can be found writing daily about the hottest happenings at the OC Mom Blog or on Twitter @OCMomBlog.