Archive for November, 2014

Newsletter 56: Amaro Montenegro

Posted in Newsletters on November 30, 2014 by becca

Another great meeting in the books, this time we say Thank You to Kylee Van Dillen of Amaro Montenegro and the Crew at Social Costa Mesa for their wonderful hospitality.

Amaro Montenegro is a wonderful digestif, with hints of sugar-beet molasses, caramel, orange peel and persimmon.

We were treated to a punch, inspired by the classic Fish House Punch recipe, it’s recipe included orange and lemon oleo saccharums, Amaro Montenegro, apricot brandy, lemon and peychaud’s bitters.

Cocktails included a Low ABV cocktail featuring Amaro Montenegro, lemon, Tempus Fugit Kina L’Aéro d’Or, honey and an absinthe rinse, as well as an old fashioned style cocktail named “Toronto” with Amaro Montenegro, bourbon and vanilla bean syrup.

Low ABV Cocktail

Low ABV Cocktail



Our educational topic for the evening was on Bar Program retention. The craft cocktail movement is experiencing a rapid expansion here in Orange County, to help foster quality and lasting bar programs at our local restaurants and bars, we talked about how a bar manager can develop and run a lasting program and how to leverage those duties to earn fair compensation.


Bar Program Retention Education


Our next meeting will be our annual Holiday Punch Party on Monday, December 8th at 7pm at a gorgeous location in Newport Beach. Our gracious sponsor will be Grand Marnier who will be bringing a fantastic lineup of their signature cognac-based liqueurs plus Kappa Pisco! *The location will be indoor and outdoor so dress warmly!*

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!