5 Sensational Sips

Kristen Schott | Photo courtesy of Il Dolce | November 16, 2016 | Food & Drink Best of The Best Drink

Parched? A spate of new concepts and sips on the table at O.C.'s hippest drink dens will quench your thirst.
Il Dolce's Hibiki Japanese Harmony
1. Dry Society

At this Union Market newbie, Liquid Chef Andrew Parish (who’s worked with Will Ferrell and Chelsea Handler) savors the fall with his Pineapple Express ($13). It boasts a tropical fruit reduction filled with cloves and star anise. unionmarketmissionviejo.com

2. Holiday

That’s what awaits you at this recently opened lounge. You’ll be taken back to the time of the speak-easies as you quaff The Tub ($16), with Distillery No. 209 Gin. It’s just one 1920s- and ’30s-inspred creation from Cocktail Curator Aaron Reid. (Don’t miss the VIP Red Room’s high-end spirits, either; they’re unique to the hidden space.) holidaycm.com

3. Il Dolce

Long known as the place for Naples-style pizza, it now has a full bar run by Andre Bignes (he’s the son of owners Roberto and Fernanda) and is stocked with global finds—the Hibiki Japanese Harmony ($17) is a blend of malt and grain whiskeys from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. ildolceoc.com

4. Orange Hill

This dining destination is at its peak with its redesigned O Bar, where Allan Camarena slings libations like the Blood Orange Paloma ($13). theorangehillrestaurant.com

5. Watertable

Here, Assistant GM Roxana Pavel quietly concocts stellar pours for locals and travelers. This month’s East of Eden ($13) has farm apple-infused Gentleman Jack and black-walnut bitters. watertablehb.com


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