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.
DAISY IF YOU DO
2 ounces Del Maguey Vida mezcal
1 ounce John D. Velvet Falernum
1 Tablespoon prickly pear syrup
½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
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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