The first ever Orange County Cocktail Week is happening now until Saturday March 8th. More than 40 Orange County bars and restaurants will offer handcrafted cocktails paired with small bites at a price of $20.14.
Directly after OC Restaurant Week, OC Cocktail Week will give cocktail lovers and foodies a chance to continue the celebration with signature cocktails, original bites, and delectable Orange County dining. Skilled bartenders and mixologists will be spotlighted during this eventful week.
Live demonstrations, at select locations, will allow cocktail drinkers a chance to appreciate exactly what goes into their favorite drinks and learn a little history about the particular spirit from the bartender themselves.
March 4, 2014 at 6:30PM
In a restaurant that specializes in offering artisanal small plates and exquisite drinks, it is only right that Mesa in Costa Mesa hosts a Live Demonstration for OC Cocktail Week. Sponsored by Infinium Spirits, the live event will leave you informed on the classics as well as the new “classics.”
“I can’t think of another place in Orange County that has such an edgy LOOK, eclectic crowd and lusty food. Every-body loves a secret, and Mesa is a good one. Close your eyes and point at the one-page menu of small plates and you almost can’t go wrong.” - Irene Virbila, LA Times
March 4, 2014 at 7PM
In historic downtown Fullerton’s original Pacific Electric Railway Station, Hopscotch features craft beer, seasonal crafted cocktails, delicious food, and a cigar courtyard. With a rotating list of 75 draught and bottled craft beer and over 125 types of brown spirits, the restaurant has the widest array of whiskey in the country, making Hopscotch a unique and vibrant destination for OC Cocktail Week.
Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail made from premium spirits, house made fusions, and fresh squeezed fruits and light appetizers while learning mixology techniques from Bar Managers Neil Matchko and Mike Lowery. The demonstration of the restaurant and bar’s signature Sous Vide infusion technique will only be $10 and space is limited; call 714-871-2222 to save your spot!
March 5, 2014 at 5PM & 8PM
Learn how to properly make an Old Fashioned by mixologist Rich Ohtsuka at the gracious and romantic European Restaurant which was conceived, designed, and built by artistic craftsmen from Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Learn how to make the classic drink at home and a bit of origin history of the famous cocktail.
March 8, 2014 at 2PM
Offering American comfort foods with a modern twist, 320 Main in Seal Beach is well versed in Classic Cocktails and also offers their own Signature Cocktails.
On the last day of OC Cocktail week, the restaurant will host a live demonstration on crafting cocktails for the home bartender. Join the owner Jason Schiffer for the Cocktail Families: From Sours to Slings presentation in which the history and origin on your favorite drinks from 320 Main will be covered.
The week-long celebration unites bartenders throughout Orange County and introduces locals and non-locals alike to handcrafted cocktails and culinary pairings in the OC. For general information, or a list of participating bars, please visit occocktailweek.com.