People's Cocktail Judging & Summer Menu Debut at Drago Centro

Drago Centro's Clockwork Orange cocktail by Caroline on Crack

Drago Centro's Clockwork Orange cocktail

For the past month, Drago Centro has been on the hunt for a new cocktail to add to its upcoming summer menu, conducting a “People’s Cocktail” contest that invited amateur mixologists in L.A. to create recipes around a secret ingredient and submit their winningest undiscovered concoctions. And this Wednesday the 30th at Drago Centro downtown, the four winners from the four-week contest will create and submit their cocktails to some very discerning judges: me, Shauna of The Minty, Lesley of Tasting Table and more!

The finalists:

  • Chuck Taggart’s Bell?aspetto: Woodford bourbon, Amaro Ramazzoti, cinnamon syrup, blueberries (secret ingredient)
  • Ron Diggity’s Tramontana: Aquavit, Fernet Branca (secret ingredient), Cointreau, Angostura
  • Matt Robold/Rumdood’s Dutch Elm Disease: Genever (gin is secret ingredient), Scotch, bitters, simple syrup
  • Jeni Afuso/Oishii Eats’ Momo Rye Fizz: Rye,  peach, lemon juice (secret ingredient), club soda

While we ruminate over our very tough decision, the public is invited to enjoy drinks from the debuting summer cocktail menu for a special, one-night only price of $8 each.

Summer Cocktail List:

  • Arancia Meccanica/Clockwork Orange: Sombra Mezcal, Red Bell Pepper, Cilantro, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime, Smoked Salt
  • Artillery of the Angels: 10 Cane Rum, Rittenhouse Rye, Merryvale Antigua, Sencha, Pineapple, Cherry, Orange
  • Dark Passenger: Bols Genever, Amaro Montenegro, Aperol
  • Diabolico/Diabolical: Partida Blanco Tequila, Maurin, Velvet Falernum, Fresh Lime, Hawaiian Red Sea Salt
  • Il Monaco Orientale/The Eastern Monk: Rock Junmai Ginjo Saké, Green Chartreuse, Fresh Mint, Fresh Lime
  • La Sabbia Bianca/White Sand: Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, Coconut Cream, Fresh Pineapple, Fresh Lime
  • Serenity Now! Lamill Organic Jasmine Tea Infused Hangar One Vodka, Lemon Verbena, Tangerine
  • Tutto Americano/All American: Laird?s Applejack, Angostura Bitters, Fresh Watermelon, Pickled Watermelon Rind
  • Vitamin A: Karlsson?s Vodka, St. Germain, Fresh Carrot Juice, Serrano Tincture, Fresh Ginger, Orange
  • When in London: Bombay Sapphire Gin, Pimm?s No.1, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cucumber, Raspberries

Who has what it takes to add to this yummy-sounding list? Hope to see you there!


Drago Centro
The City National Bank Plaza
525 S Flower Street, Suite 120
Los Angeles, California 90071 (map)
Twitter: @DragoCentro

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  1. […] to the Drago Centro People’s Cocktail Contest last week, food blogger/photographer extraordinaire Jeni Afuso of Oishii Eats has just added […]

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