Tonight at downtown’s Drago Centro restaurant, bar manager/mixologist Jaymee Mandeville will unveil her all-new summer cocktails for only $8 each. That’s right, for one night only, boozers on a budget can enjoy the nine new cocktails at a price that’s unusually low for downtown. Normally the “Nuovi Classici” (New Classics) and “Classici” (Classic) cocktails here run $12, which is still not too bad for the area.
Last night, courtesy of a hosted preview, I got a taste of Jaymee’s new cocktails which showcase ingredients evocative of sultry days like honeydew, white tea and strawberry shrub. Yum.
The great thing about her concoctions is that even though they seem like they have a lot going on in terms of a variety of unique ingredients, they always turn out so well-balanced and, well, delicious.
The following four stood out to me:
American Cherub: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Lillet Rose, strawberry shrub, cherry tomatoes, toasted fennel tincture
Summer Dalliance: Nolet’s Gin, St. George Absinthe, creme de violette, Bing cherries, lemon, prosecco
White Picket Fence: Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Schizandra white tea, peach, lemon, egg white, Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters
Don’t Be Square: Templeton Rye, Jacopo Poli Miele Grappa, Benedictine, rock sake, Junmai Daiginjo, Bitter Truth Creole Bitters
Photo Gallery of the New Summer Cocktails