jenn tanaka Sapphire in Laguna Beach. Photography by Ralph Palumbo



D R I N K + D I N E

Desert Ready?

This Coachella-esque cocktail mixes smoky Mezcal and sweet prickly pear with a splash of bubbles. 
Head bartender and cocktail developer Casey Lyons
shared the inspiration behind his Daisy If You Do libation that he serves at Pacific Hideaway. 
"It's a Miley Cyrus nightmare," he says. The movie buff also drew from the cult favorite '90s flick, "Tombstone."

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There’s nothing ordinary about the cocktails at Pacific Hideaway in the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach. Each playful libation created by lead bartender Casey Lyons doubles as an Instagramable moment. He conjured up the Dazed and Confused, a pineapple rum cocktail splashed with lime and ginger syrup. The whimsical garnish: a smoking sage and oregano joint is sparked up en route to the table.

His prickly pear mezcal margarita flushes with a flamboyant magenta. Lyons shakes the cocktail vigorously before pouring it into a clear skull-shaped glass. He garnishes it with agave cactus tips, arranging each one so the result resembles a ceremonial headdress. Looking like a brain surgeon about to operate, he pulls out a pair of large metal tweezers to pluck out a smattering of delicate edible flower blossoms to decorate the drink’s ornate top.

“It’s a Miley Cyrus nightmare,” he jests. Lyons, who previously cultivated the innovative bar program at Social in Costa Mesa, admits to drawing inspiration from pop culture and cinema for the beverages he serves at Pacific Hideaway. I’ll Be Your Huckleberry, a Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey cocktail sweetened with huckleberry-infused syrup, and the vibrant Daisy If You Do prickly pear margarita are nods to the cult-favorite 1993 “Tombstone” movie. Pacific Hideway’s bar was designed to exude a laid-back, surfers’ watering hole. A needed respite from the woes of our tech-obsessed world. It’s also a cool place for Lyons to play out his liquid daydreams.



2 ounces Del Maguey Vida mezcal

1 ounce John D. Velvet Falernum

1 Tablespoon prickly pear syrup

½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

Sparkling wine


1. Combine all ingredients with ice into a metal shaker.
2. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
3. Strain into a glass and top with sparkling wine.

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Kimchi Bloody Mary at Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. Photography by Ralph Palumbo

A Kimchi Kick: Ritz Carlton's Kimchi Bloody Mary 

Originally printed in Coast Magazine, January 2019

A kimchi cocktail? I know, it sounds crazy, but the one boozy beverage that craves kimchi has got to be the Bloody Mary. It pairs perfectly with this fermented favorite. The drink is part hangover remedy – did you know that kimchi is chock full of probiotics? – and part savory brunch staple. Some Kimchi Bloody Mary recipes combine tomato juice with spicy kimchi brine, lemon juice, umami-packed soy sauce, wasabi powder and pungent fish sauce. It even sounds healthy-ish.

For Club Level guests staying at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, the Cocktail Creation Classes will teach you a few new tricks, including how to make a version of this exotic drink. The lessons, which are available three times a week, feature classic cocktail recipes such as mimosas and mojitos but with a twist. Hence, the kimchi amped Bloody Marys.

It’s the new year, so why not try something new? Starting with a good ol’ cocktail gone Gangnam Style.


1 ½ ounces Grey Goose vodka

Top with housemade Bloody Mary mix

1 bar spoon of Kimchi marinade (to taste)


Combine ingredients. Add ice and stir. Garnish with celery, onion, olive, lime, and crispy bacon strip.

The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Laguna Niguel