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First Orange County Cocktail Week is underway

OC Cocktail Week--the first--runs through March 8, 2014.
OC Restaurant Association

The creators of OC Restaurant Week introduce the first-ever “OC Cocktail Week” in honor of handcrafted cocktails. More than 45 restaurants will pair cocktails with custom sample menu items, available for only $20.14 at restaurants and bars across Orange County through March 8.

The week-long event, which kicked off March 2, is an all-encompassing experience that offers insight into mixology through live drink demonstrations, recipe sharing, and book signings at various locations. For information on live demos visit

Classic and new wave cocktails are also explored on the OC Cocktail Week website, with recipes available instantly.

“OC Cocktail Week gives people an opportunity to expand their tastes,” says Pamela Waitt, president of the OC Restaurant Association. “The vibrant nightlife community in Orange County is an ideal audience for bartenders and mixologists to showcase both traditional and innovative drink recipes. The food pairings and events that OC Cocktail Week offers ensure a well rounded experience that honors the art of craft cocktail making.”

Food pairings included in the $20.14 pricing accentuate the flavors of the cocktails. Each participating bar and restaurant will have its own custom menu.

Examples include: Mesa in Costa Mesa presents the Trinidadian cocktail made with Zaya 12 Year Rum, Angostura Bitters, Chocolate Bitters, Almond, and Orange Oil. The Trinidadian will be paired with Mesa Pork Belly, pan seared on top of a crispy rice cake and frisee, pork raspberry reduction and micro greens.

Another example: Red O in Newport Beach will offer three pairing options. One option is the Topolo Margarita paired with Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche. The cocktail is made with El Agave Silver Tequila, JDK & Sons O3 Orange Liqueur, house limonada, and served on the rocks. The Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche consists of steamed Mexican white shrimp and calamari, orange, lime, habanero, avocado, jicama and cilantro.

Sweet pairings include 320 Main in Seal Beach, which is pairing a Coffee Cream Puff dessert with the Male Order Bride cocktail made with Beefeater Gin, Firelit coffee liqueur, cream, and grated coffee bean, or the Donut Flip cocktail made with angostura fat washed with roasted bone marrow, cream, egg, and sugar.

For general information, list of participating bars and restaurants, or sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit OC Cocktail Week.

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