Cocktail Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes:

At this flashy and chic (yet also very satisfying) Asian/Latino fusion joint, I decided to give the “Rivera” a try:


As Bruno, our smart and fun bartender, had warned me, the Rivera is a true love-it-or-hate-it concoction. What’s your feeling about smokey flavors? For me, the more campfirey the better, so the Rivera’s pine tar-like vibe was an attraction. And the drink has been crafted in such a way that the burnt-ashes flavors (mezcal, chipotle-infused agave syrup, red bell pepper and jerky) have a bright, refreshing and easy-sipping background (ginger liqueur and lemon juice) to play off against. Verdict: A complex, unusual, pleasing and high-class treat. “Not for everyone,” in this case anyway, was just perfect for me. Bruno? I’ll take another. The restaurant is one of the best in Santa Barbara too.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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2 Responses to Cocktail Du Jour

  1. Jerky, as in beef jerky? In a cocktail? Color me seriously intrigued.


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