Arroyo Cocktail of the Month

Camping at the Ridge

Built over 100 years ago, Magnolia House on South Lake Avenue was originally a private residence, then became a post-Prohibition liquor store, an antique coin shop and a number of other businesses. Today this restaurant and bar keeps things lively with an quickly rotating cocktail menu. “We have to keep up with Los Angeles,” says lead bartender Jorge Figueroa, referencing the trendy cocktail scene in downtown L.A. To keep Arroyolanders happy closer to home, Figueroa and his team are constantly crafting stimulating new cocktails. With indoor and outdoor seating areas, the bar itself sits behind the restaurant, a long red-brick wall guiding you straight to it.


CAMPING AT THE RIDGE

Ingredients

1½ ounces Thai chili and gingerinfused Scotch (see below)

½ ounce lemon juice

¾ ounce pure maple syrup

½ ounce cinnamon Green Chartreuse cream (see below)

Dash of chocolate chili bitters

Dash of aquafaba (liquid in can of beans)

Method

Mix ingredients in shaker, add ice, shake again, strain and pour into glass. Top with sparkling apple cider floater, grated nutmeg and cinnamon graham crackers


Thai Chili and Ginger-Infused Scotch

Ingredients

1 Thai chili

20 grams of finely diced fresh ginger

750 ml of Scotch

Method

Infuse chili and ginger in Scotch for 30 minutes. Strain and serve


Cinnamon Green Chartreuse Cream

Ingredients

10 ounces heavy cream

1 ounce cinnamon syrup (see below)

½ ounce Green Chartreuse

Method

Mix ingredients by stirring and serve.


Cinnamon Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup hot water

40 cinnamon sticks

Method

Add sugar and cinnamon sticks to water and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and serve.


Figueroa created this cocktail as an homage to the fall season here. He calls it a riff on the Ramos Fizz. “Fall in Pasadena is still warm, but these traditional fall flavors are mitigated by summer notes of apple.” This is a refreshing and light cocktail, heavier on the palate, but nonetheless a balance between spice and heat, viscosity and comfortable, familiar flavors. Try it with their fried chicken sandwich or the mushroom and roasted garlic flatbread.