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Amanda Tascher

Articles by Amanda Tascher

Realm of the 52 Remedies’ Saigon Dreamer: on the nose flavor

I’ve done it again: found my way inside another speakeasy. This time, it’s Realm of the 52 Remedies, where Chris Lee tells me how the Saigon Dreamer cocktail was inspired by an Asian coffee shop. ...

May 12, 2022
Bartender’s choice at Noble Experiment/Youngblood

I can’t tell you how to get here, exactly, but I’m inside Neighborhood’s speakeasy, Noble Experiment. And I can’t give you the exact name of the cocktail, but you could call it a tequila sour. ...

Herb & Sea’s Mezcal & Spice: seasonal & fresh

The cool, crisp air inside Herb & Sea restaurant rescues me from a warm afternoon in downtown Encinitas. Behind the bar, Laz Jiminez greets me with a spirited smile before recommending the Mezcal & Spice ...

April 14, 2022
Cannonball’s Midnight in Tokyo: like a Japanese hot toddy

On a windy, overcast day on the boardwalk of Mission Beach, I make my way up to Cannonball’s rooftop bar. Alvaro Cruz recommends Midnight in Tokyo as the perfect drink to help warm up. “With ...

March 31, 2022
Juniper & Ivy’s Wee Little Lad: a play on strawberries and cream

“Berries and cream, berries and cream, I’m a wee little lad who loves berries and cream,” sang a colleague of Nick Gergen’s when he told her about the strawberries-and-cream-flavored cocktail he was creating for Juniper ...

March 17, 2022
Campfire’s Over/Under: grapes above, agave below

On a cool day in Carlsbad, Nick Sinutko presents me with one of Campfire’s current menu cocktails, the Over/Under. He describes the drink as “a super juicy, refreshing, and herbaceous cocktail that utilizes grape as ...

March 3, 2022
Wolfie’s Carousel Bar’s Fleur de France: floored by the floral flavor

“It’s beautiful, it’s purple, and it’s probably the one you’ve seen the most of all over Instagram,” anticipates Tina Heschke when I arrive seeking the specialite de la maison. She’s describing the Fleur de France ...

February 17, 2022
Wormwood’s Le Frappe: A beginner’s lesson on absinthe

New to the neighborhood, Wormwood introduces itself as an absinthe-focused bar. After greeting me, Ben Marquart busts out a beginner’s lesson on absinthe. He decides Le Frappe is a good place to start. “It’s an ...

February 4, 2022
Park & Rec’s loving cup

It’s a Saturday night in University Heights, and groups of friends are pouring into Park & Rec. Busy bartender Alex Rodriguez is slinging cocktails left and right, keeping pace with the crowd as they order ...

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