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The Mixing Glass

The Mixing Glass Liquor Store Costa Mesa, CA

Have you ever dreamed of a liquor store that only has products you love. I found that store, The Mixing Glass is a craft cocktail lifestyle store, that sells the hardest to find spirits, best vintages and the most relevant books and bartending tools. If that is not enough to get you into the store they also carry hard to find mixes, bitters and more bitters. It’s not a big store, they don’t carry every brand, the carry the brands that bartenders and industry experts are drawn to, not high priced but highly regarded brands. And best of all they have a knowlegeble approachable staff to help make sure you get what you came in for.

Today as I stopped by to stock up for the weekend they had a celebrity guest, Forrest Cokely one of the most knowledgeable people in the spirits industry worldwide. He’s producer of the blog a drink with forrest… he has been a judge in top spirits competitions Miami Rum Renaissance, San Diego Spirits Festival, Craft Competition… He has been invited to distilleries worldwide and has helped produce respectable successful brands. He’s the guy you can ask about a product on the shelf and learn everything there is to know about that spirit. Forrest has a following and for all the right reasons, people are content drinking highly marketed spirits. Yet after “a drink with forrest…” or after a recommendation from Forrest, you become knowledgeable about what your drinking. Craft, artisan, small batch… there not just words put on a bottle for marketing, they are descriptive words that are used in describing unique spirits brands. Unique spirits brands are not in every liquor store and almost never at your local pharmacy. They are rare, handcrafted and mostly bottled by hand, they make great gifts as hard to find brands add value and yes they are worth the extra stop even on a Friday in rush hour.

So what did I purchase today you ask, my usual for the wife and for me ArteNOM Añejo 1146 Tequila, yes I could tell you more about this tequila than my go to tequila I have been drinking for over a decade, thank you Forrest.

The Mixing Glass is located at The OC Mix, Orange County’s Acclaimed shopping destination, located within Costa Mesa’s SoCo and home to many locally owned boutiques, specialty food spots and a weekly farmers market.
3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

  

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Top 3 Tequila Gifts This Christmas

Casamigos Blanco Tequila Co-Owned by actor George Clooney and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber, this blanco is smooth and light. The aromas are restrained, but on the palate look for mild agave sweetness backed by lemon zest, ginger and white pepper sparks, plus a candied lemon-peel note on the gentle exit. 92 points $39.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. A great gift as scarcity adds value, known as the most awarded reposado tequila and a great tequila for a great price. 94 Points $29.99 from Hi Time Wine.

Casa Noble 2 Year Anejo Tequila is our most refined Tequila, this exquisite Tequila is matured in French White Oak barrels for two years and extra aged to perfection. This limited production spirit exhibits a deep golden tone, has an exceptional bouquet and body, and ranks among the finest distilled spirits in the world. It is beautifully contained in an artisan purple glass decanter. 94 Points $48.99 from Hi Time Wine

   
   

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VUARNET SUNGLASSES

Vuarnet VL002’s sunglasses made in France, are back and I still have a pair from my skiing days in Colorado. So sporty, stylish and functional, the French Skylinx lens developed in the late 1950’s. For over 50 years Vuarnet has been producing the best protection for your eyes using a patented mineral glass (yes glass not plastic) lens manufactured in the firms own Paris ateliers. Scratch and shock resistant, the lens features phenomenal optical clairty, high color perception, hydrophobic and anti reflective. The finest sun protection and never out of style frame ever made. If you want to order a pair I found them in both black and white available from a company called Guideboat Co. for just $215 a pair.

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Bandwagon Taxi Share App Save Time & Money

Bandwagon helps millions of people travel, at the same time, in the same direction. Bandwagon makes it easy to share taxis, saving time, money and the environment. Bandwagon matches passengers in long taxi lines at airports, conferences and other crowded venues, providing a more affordable mobility alternative to waiting in long taxi lines and black car services.

Once You Download the Bandwagon App Follow These Easy Four Steps:

STEP ONE: SEARCH FOR A RIDESHARE BY POSTING YOUR ROUTE, OR BROWSE ALL RIDES NEAR YOUR LOCATION.

STEP TWO: BANDWAGON WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN WE’VE FOUND A GOOD MATCH.

STEP THREE: CONNECT WITH YOUR RIDE PARTNER TO FIGURE OUT WHERE AND WHEN TO MEET.

STEP FOUR: USE BANDWAGON’S SIMPLE PAYMENT INTERFACE TO SETTLE THE BILL WHEN THE RIDE IS OVER.

Go to the Bandwagon website to learn more or get on their mailing list, also download the Bandwagon App and start saving time, money and the environment today.

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Santa Monica Farmers Market Is On Sunday On Main Street

It’s Sunday and your in Santa Monica, you want something fun yet healthy to do, head over to the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Like most farmer’s markets you will find fresh produce, prepared foods, live entertainment and activities for the kids. What makes this one unique, it is right in Santa Monica, you can do some shopping or lunch after while your in town. Each week you will get to know the community as most locals will be there each and every Sunday. Also you are always going to meet someone new or see new items, seasonal fresh produce and holiday gifts.

Santa Monica Farmers Market
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Located: 2640 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90405

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Panamá Pacific Rum 23 Year Review

Panamá-Pacific Rum 23 Year, is a newly imported rum is amazing, it jumped out at me as I have not seen the label before. I learned that it was just imported into the USA so if you can’t find it ask your local liquor store to order it for you.

Panamá-Pacific Rum is crafted in Panamá, from local ingredients, the sugarcane is processed, fermented, distilled and aged in the midst of the sugar cane fields. As an honored testimonial, this rum is never chill-filtered– no caramel color and no artificial flavoring. The 23 year age statement represents the minimum age of the expression.

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Tennis Courts In West Hollywood, California

WeHo Tennis Courts

West Hollywood Park Tennis Courts, are first come first serve so take your chances. The tennis courts are located on the fooftop of the parking garage probably five stories high. Yes there are lights, just push the button located on the light pole at the north end of the courts.
To get to the courts enter the parking garage and go to the parking office on the first floor. They will give you a key card to get into the courts, in exchange for a drivers license or legal ID card. Don’t loose the key card or you will be charged $10. Yes, they will validate your parking on the way out just give them your ticket when you return the key card.
Tennis courts are located on top of the parking garage next to WeHo library.

Address: 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069

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ETROG LIQUEUR SUKKAH HILL SPIRITS REVIEW

Citrus, so after I had Besamim Liqueur, I moved on to another product from Sukkah Hill Spirits, ETROG Liqueur. ETROG Liqueur is a citrus liqueur. Very bright and full of flavor without being too sweet, again I must say it is perfectly balanced. After a few drinks, I said this would be great with vodka, and we mixed it over ice, then strained it into a martini glass making a very citrus yet not sweet (like a lemon drop martini) cocktail that was delicious.

Looking at the website I learned Etrog is a lightly sweet citrus liqueur featuring the aroma of citrus blossoms. An Etrog is an ancient heirloom citrus fruit grown in only a handful of orchards worldwide. Bottled at 76 proof (36% alc/vol), Etrog is excellent chilled, over ice or as a base for bright strong cocktails. On the Besamim website I did find a Cocktail Recipe page for some great drink ideas. It has won many Gold Medals, from SIP Awards, Craft Competition, Tastings… I purchased two bottles from Mission Wine & Spirits liquor store that will ship it right to your house.

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BESAMIM AROMATIC SPICE LIQUEUR REVIEW

Spice seems to be the rage these days, so when I was out I asked about Besamim Liqueur. I kept seeing it at bars and stores yet had never tasted it before. Besamim Liqueur is an aromatic spice liqueur. Very vibrant in the aroma, where you think the spice would take over, and as you taste it you realize it is perfectly balanced. After a few drinks, I said this would be great with coffee, and we mixed it over ice with some coffee and a splash of cream that made a great late night cocktail. The fact is I could drink Besamim on it’s own yet as variety is the spice of life, more my cocktails will be created.

Looking at the website I learned Besamim Liqueur is a all natural handcrafted spirit, made from pure cane sugar spirits, hand ground spices, and mountain spring water, it’s 37% alc/vol. They never use industrial alcohol, corn syrup or any artificial sweetners or additives. On the Besamim website I did find a Cocktail Recipe page for some great drink ideas. It has won many Gold Medals, from SIP Awards, Craft Competition, Tastings… I purchased it at Mission Wine & Spirits liquor store that will ship it right to your house.

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HANDCRAFTED ROCA PATRÓN SILVER TEQUILA REVIEW

ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, this tequila really did surprise me, I did a taste test against a handful of other silver tequila brands including the regular PATRÓN SILVER and ROCA PATRÓN came out on top not just with me but with two friends that were doing the blind tasting with me.

So here we have it, ROCA PATRÓN is a handcrafted 100% de agave tequila. After doing a bit of research I found out that this version of PATRÓN uses the finest weber blue agave that this company has available. Their finest agave is all used on the ROCA brand. They slow roast their Weber Blue Agave and then crush it with a two ton tahona stone wheel, the original/traditional way to crush agave. The juice is then fermented and distilled with the agave fibers. All this adds to a very complex taste with earthy tones and a long smooth finish. I highly recommend the ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, another sign is when it’s the first empty bottle on the table. I found a great price online if you want to order bottle Liquorama liquor store has a great price.

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ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA
ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

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