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Newsletter 67: Drinking the Devil’s Acre

Posted in Newsletters on October 26, 2015 by becca

Our October meeting was phenomenal as we welcomed Duggan McDonnell, author of Drinking the Devil’s Acre. He spoke with OCBC member and fellow author, Dave Stolte, about bartending at the Starlight Room, house blending spirits and straw tasting your drinks. The book is amazing, definitely pick one up or add it to your Amazon wishlist for the holidays! OCBC members in attendance were able to get their copies signed and enjoy several drinks from the book.


Drinking the Devil’s Acre

The 320 Main team put out five super tasty cocktails that are all a part of San Fransisco cocktail history. Here are the recipes, courtesy of Duggan:


Trader Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai

1 oz Appleton Reserve
1 oz Clement Agricole
1 oz Lime
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz Almond Syrup
.25 oz Simple Syrup
Shake/strain into appointed glass over ice,
float .5 oz Coruba Blackstrap Rum
garnish with either a mint sprig or spent lime hull

2 oz Encanto
1 oz Lime
1 oz Pineapple Gomme Syrup
.5 oz Lillet Rouge
3 dashes Aromatic Bitters
Shake/strain into appointed stemware (or, over crushed ice); garnish with an expressed orange peel

1 oz Campari
1 oz 209 Gin
1 oz Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
Stir/strain into highball glass over ice & garnish with an expressed orange peel

1.5 oz SKYY Infusions Citrus Vodka
.75 oz Lemon
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Creole Shrub
Shake/strain into cocktail coupe (or, appointed stemware – sans sugar!); garnish with an expressed lemon peel


Stirring down some Boothby’s Manhattans

1 oz Russell’s Reserve Bourbon
1 oz Wild Turkey Rye
1 oz Cinzano 1757 Vermouth
2 dashes each Orange & Aromatic Bitters
Stir/strain into appointed glass while simultaneously pouring
3 oz Sparkling Wine
Garnish with an expressed orange peel

A big THANK YOU to Campari America, Rhum Clement, No. 209 Gin & Campo de Encanto Pisco for the delicious spirits!

Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 2nd at 7pm in Newport Beach.

For our upcoming meeting the OCBC is going to dive into the world of wine like never before.  A deep understanding and analysis of a wines balance and complexity is perfectly suited to the world of cocktails and spirits.  Join us as Dan Oliver of Red O, Joel Anthony Caruso of Pizzeria Ortica, and Matt Ellingson of Club 33 pull back the curtain on the way Sommelier candidates analyze wine blind.  It is not a parlor trick and it is not what you think.  Anyone can learn the process.  And the best part about it is that you are guaranteed to have a more fulfilling drinking experience along the way!

As always, to maintain the quality of service, presentation, space, food and drink we have a limited capacity for the meeting and must insist on RSVPs. Please get your RSVP in early and send it to Let us know if something comes up so we can make your spot available to someone else if you can’t make it.

Hope to see you there!

Newsletter 66: Few Spirits

Posted in Newsletters on September 27, 2015 by becca

We were back at our regular format for September, thank you to the amazing Emily Delicce for hosting our meeting at the Boathouse Collective. It was a perfect setting to taste through the Few Spirits line-up and learn about this great distillery.

We had some great drinks! Here are the recipes courtesy of Emily:


Lovely drinks from Emily Delicce

Meyer Lemon Oleo
Gancia Aperitif
FEW American Gin

Watermelon Drink
1/2 Giffards Vanilla
1/2 Gran Classico
2 oz FEW Standard Gin
2 dash Fennel Bitters
3 oz Watermelon

Bourbon Drink
1/2 Lemon
3/4 Cynar
3/4 Grapefruit cordial
11/2 FEW Bourbon


Dave Lieberman presenting on Herbs

Our educational topic for the evening was a hands-on overview of herbs from OCBC member and resident farmer’s market expert, Dave Lieberman! We slapped, tore, sniffed & tasted a great variety of herbs from a local Vietnamese market, tried & true favorites and crazy fish-smelling exotics!


Here’s a helpful handout: OCBC Vietnamese Herb Primer (Dave Lieberman)


OCBC Vietnamese Herb Primer


Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 5th at 7pm in Seal Beach. We have a very special guest, bartender and author, Duggan McDonnell. His new book, Drinking the Devil’s Acre was just released and he joins us for a Q&A, led by our very own Dave Stolte. They’ll discuss the subject of his new book- San Fransisco & her cocktail history. Our sponsor is Encanto Pisco so you know we’ll be having some tasty drinks!

As always, to maintain the quality of service, presentation, space, food and drink we have a limited capacity for the meeting and must insist on RSVPs. Please get your RSVP in early and send it to Let us know if something comes up so we can make your spot available to someone else if you can’t make it.

Hope to see you there!

Newsletter 65: Beam Suntory

Posted in Newsletters on September 27, 2015 by becca

Thanks to Beam Suntory- our August meeting was one for the books! We got to hang out with our friends from USBG San Diego and USBG So Cal at the super cool Beam Suntory headquarters in Irvine. We did round-table tasting & educations on Irish Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch led by the great guys at Beam. Every awesome bottle of booze you could imagine was available for tasting & testing, OCBC members tinkered at the bar throughout the day taking breaks only to eat at the Kogi truck! All guests left with a generous backpack of goodies, and a wonderful appreciation for our friends at Beam Suntory.



Tasting Irish Whiskey



Talking bourbon and rickhouses with Bryan Hansen!



Travis Tidwell presenting on Scotch



Kogi truck for lunch



OCBC & USBG having a blast (photo bomb by Michael Patrick Rooney)

Newsletter 64: Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka

Posted in Newsletters on September 27, 2015 by becca

July was a special treat, we were hosted by the wonderful Ecco Pizza Shoppe at the Anaheim Packing District. We tasted and got the cool story of Loft & Bear Artisanal Vodka. This award-winning vodka is straight out of downtown LA and it’s distiller is one rad dude.

OCBC at Ecco

OCBC at Ecco

Brand representative Natasha Valdes and brand mixologist Karl Steuck provided some wonderful drinks for the group, recipes are below!


Karl Steuck, Loft & Bear recipe boss & yummy drink-maker


The uber-cool Ms. Natasha Valdes!

A big THANK YOU to the Ecco team for tasty cocktails and wonderful food.

Left Coast Greyhound
1.5oz Loft & Bear Vodka
.5oz Campari
1oz Grapefruit
.5oz Lime
.25oz Serrano syrup

The Loft Martini
2oz Loft & Bear Vodka
1oz Dolin Blanc
2 Dashes of Orange bitters
Stirred and garnished with a Lemon Twist

Cardamon infused Loft & Bear Vodka
Carpano Antica
Gran Classico Bitter
Orange Oil
Dash of Rosemary Sea Salt

OCBC member, Joel Caruso then dazzled the group with an awesome education on Limoncello. He is the master of house-infusions for cellos, nocinos & more!

Joel Caruso Limoncello presentation

Joel Caruso Limoncello presentation

Newsletter 63: Negroni Week Launch Party

Posted in Newsletters on September 27, 2015 by becca

Hello BarCab! Sorry for the radio silence- we mixed things up a bit this summer with some great meetings & events. Hope you were able to join us for one or more. We learned a lot and had tons of fun- wrap-ups from each month are coming.

To kick things off in June, OCBC participated in a Negroni Week launch party at Mesa in Costa Mesa. The event was sponsored by Infinium Spirits and was a fundraiser for Inspire Artistic Minds, a great charity that supports educational goals for the hospitality industry. OCBC members were out in full force, including the showcased bars: Little Sparrow, Social, Broadway, Mesa, 320 Main, plus our friends from the LBBC- Sky Room & the Stache! Thank you to Mesa for hosting a really fun event and the great food.

The winning bartender was Corbin Brown from Little Sparrow with his super delicious tiki-inspired Sandy’s Peaches. He won a trip to Tales of the Cocktail so I’m sure hand crushing all that ice was worth it, go Corbin!


Winner Corbin Brown from Little Sparrow (photo by kayla glass photography)



(photo by kayla glass photography)



(photo by kayla glass photography)