What You’ll Be Drinking at Saturday’s LuckyRice Night Market LA

Drago Centro's Jaymee Mandeville by Caroline on Crack
Drago Centro's Jaymee Mandeville by Caroline on Crack

Drago Centro’s Jaymee Mandeville will be one of eight top mixologists serving up the drinks at LuckyRice Night Market.

This Saturday, Chef Sang Yoon of Lukshon and Father’s Office is hosting LuckyRice Night Market LA, the Los Angeles version of a New York City-based festival which celebrates Asian culinary culture. Culver City’s HD Buttercup in the Helms Bakery Building will be transformed into a traditional Asian night market complete with pagodas. Sure, our city has had many of those night markets this year, and maybe some not so great but after having pulled off sold-out night markets in New York for the past several years, just maybe LuckyRice Night Market LA will turn out swell. Plus this one features three of our city’s best mixologists.

Drago Centro’s Jaymee Mandeville (named by 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards as one of the top 10 trend-setting mixologists), Rose Ruiz of Big Bar in Los Feliz and Joseph Brooke of Mixology 101 as well as bartenders from New York and San Francisco will be serving up Bombay Sapphire-focused cocktails.

Jaymee said that for her Eastern Fog cocktail, a “riff on a Fog Cutter,” she was excited to use Bombay East. “I enjoy that Bombay took a delicate hand in infusing their staple gin with notes of black pepper and lemongrass…. The crispness of the East balanced with the soft vanilla of Bacardi 8 blend perfectly with yuzu citrus and pineapple. ”

For her cocktail the Fortune Cookie, she wanted to use Dumante Liqueur, a pistachio liqueur, which gives her creation “the slight sweetness and nuttiness of a fortune cookie and transformed that into a dangerously delicious aromatic style cocktail.”

Here’s the list of drinks at the event:

Jaymee Mandeville, Drago Centro

  • Eastern Fog: Bombay Sapphire East, Bacardi 8, Yuzu/Ginger, Orgeat, Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, Forbidden bitters, garnish of pineapple leaf and cherry
  • Fortune Cookie: Bombay Original, Dumante Liqueur, Reagan’s Orange Bitters, Angostura Bitters, Orange Blossom Water

Joseph Brooke, Mixology 101

  • Tom Kha-Llins: Bombay Sapphire East, cane syrup, lime juice, Thai basil, Thai chili, coconut puree, mango puree, soda water
  • Cherry Blossom Bagpipes: Dewar’s Whisky, Soho lychee liqueur, lemon juice, honey syrup, cold-brewed green tea, rose water

Rosie Ruiz, Big Bar

  • As You Pro-Seed: Bombay Sapphire East, Fresh Lime Juice, Organic Honey, 2 Drops of Rose Water, Pinch of Thai Basil Seeds, Garnish with Rosie’s Homemade Lavender Tincture
  • One in a Melon: Grey Goose, Fresh Watermelon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Topped off with Martini & Rossi Prosecco, Mint Garnish

Orson Salicetti, Social Eatz, New York City

  • Oriental Pear Martini: Bombay Sapphire East , Asian pear, sage, lemongrass,  maraschino liqueur, lemon, agave nectar
  • Asian Hemingway: Bacardi Superior, Pink Grapefruit, Shiso, Yuzu, Absinthe, lime, sparkling wine, agave nectar and angostura bitters

 H. Joseph Ehrmann, Elixir, San Francisco

  • Eastern Market: Bombay Sapphire East Gin, Bing Cherries, Lime Juice, Black pepper and rosemary Syrup, Garnished with a rosemary speared cherry and sprig of rosemary
  • Whatamelon No. 3: Corzo Silver Tequila, St. Germain, Watermelon, Mint, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Garnished with a mint sprig

Bernard Sun, Jean-Georges Management, New York City

  • Damson Bombay East Fizz: Bombay Sapphire East, Damson, Plum Liqueur, Club Soda
  • Chilly Coconut Water Martini: 42 Below Vodka, Organic Avenue Coconut Water

Andrew Mirabito and Gary Hayward, Bombay Sapphire

  • London Calling: Bombay Sapphire East, Fresh Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Fresh Ginger, Club Soda, Pomegranate Juice
  • Lemongrass and Elderflower Collins: Bombay Sapphire East, Fresh Lemon Juice, St. Germain, Lemongrass, Club Soda
  • Bombay Sapphire East Gin & Tonic Re-Imagined: Bombay Sapphire East, Fever Tree Tonic Water, Garnished with Juniper Berries and Lemongrass

For $50 general admission (VIP is sold out), guests also get access to food from favorite L.A. restaurants like Jitlada, Night + Market, Spice Table, Lukshon and more.

EVENT: SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 from 7 to 10pm

HD Buttercup at Helms Bakery
3225 Helms Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90034 (map)

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