Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mixology on Main Street: Areal Opens in Santa Monica

If you've stopped by Harvard & Stone and Black Market and wondered where Rich Andreoli and Mia Sarazen are, the answer is Santa Monica.  Andreoli created the cocktail program at the new Areal and brought in Sarazen as his partner behind the bar.  Areal is located in the longtime home of World Cafe, so don't be surprised if you see several confused patrons enter the bar wondering what happened or where they are.  If they try one of Andreoli or Sarazen's cocktails, they will know that intentionally or not, they have come to the right place.

Fans of mezcal will enjoy the Single Village Fix pictured above which contains mezcal, fresh lime juice and pineapple gomme (syrup).  I couldn't resist talking a (rather large) sip before snapping the photo.  The smokiness of the Del Maguey Vida mezcal and the citrus of the lime and pineapple make a robust balanced but refreshing cocktail.

The White Wedding, pictured below, may appear like a tall glass of sweet but looks can be deceiving as the base of the drink is white whiskey, the term for unaged whiskey.  Fresh lime juice, maraschino, Chartreuse, tonic and creole bitters round out the ingredients.  I am not a fan of quinine, but the tonic did not predominate.  Another balanced cocktail; the Chartreuse binds all the flavors together.

Cocktail Menu

The Lily: Reposado tequila, fresh lemon and lime juices, agave, grapefruit soda.

Moskow Mule: Vodka, ginger, fresh lime juice, soda water, bitters.

East Side Fizz: Gin, fresh lime juice, mint, cucumber, soda water.

Cameron's Kick: Scotch, Irish Whiskey, fresh lemon juice, orgeat.

Anejo Old Fashioned: Anejo tequila, agave, bitters, grapefruit essence.

Secretariat: Bourbon, pistachio honey, walnut liqueur, sweet vermouth, lavender bitters.

Negroni: Gin, Carpano Antica, Gran Classico.

Corpse Reviver: Gin, Lillet, Cointreau, lemon juice, absinthe rise.

Original Sazerac: Cognac, bitters, sugar, absinthe rinse.

Infante: Bianco tequila, fresh lime juice, orgeat, rose water, nutmeg.

Single Village Fix: Mezcal, fresh lime juice, pineapple gomme.

White Wedding: White whiskey, fresh lime juice, Maraschino, Chartreuse, tonic water, creole bitters.

Areal: 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica.  Phone: 310.392.1661 | Website:

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