The cocktail menu at the new Chulita restaurant in Venice focuses on tequila and mescal, spirits that beautifully complement the restaurant’s botanas y mezcales, or Mexican drinking food.

This blood orange margarita is about balance and roundness, the interplay of tart (blood orange), bitter (Campari) and sweet (sweet vermouth). It is also an ambitious drink to create at home, requiring you to make at least one simple syrup, and to concoct the blood orange liquor. A better idea might be to stop in at Chulita’s, on your way to or from LAX, take a seat on the street-facing patio and enjoy California-style modern Mexican dishes like squash blossom quesadillas, beef cheek tacos and a ceviche with a jalapeño-fueled kick.

INGREDIENTS:
—1-1/2 oz. Angelisco Tequila Blanco or your favorite blanco or mescal
—3/4 oz. blood orange liquor (combine 1 cup sweet vermouth, 6 oz. blood orange juice and 3 oz. Campari)
—1/2 oz. agave syrup (3 parts agave, 1 part water)
—1/2 oz. lemon juice
—1/4 oz. Liquid Alchemist Ginger Syrup (or make your own with 4 parts sugar, 2 parts ginger juice and 1 part water)

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all ingredients, shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a blood orange wheel. 

Courtesy of Chulita Venice

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

With a beachside locale and a laidback, surf-town vibe, Ventura County Coast is awash with inspiration for your next meeting and event. The region is home to four communities— Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, and Port Hueneme—and is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,000.  

 

Who can resist a cocktail with the name Return to Paradise? From costa Kitchen & Bar, the signature restaurant at Mar Monte Hotel in Santa Barbara, is a beverage we can’t wait to enjoy during a warm Southern California afternoon. Any time you’re in Santa Barbara is happy hour!

Ingredients

1.5oz SelvaRey White Rum
.5 ounce El Dorado 12-Year-Old Dark Rum
1 ounce pineapple juice
.5 ounce cinnamon syrup
.5oz lime juice
1 dash angostura bitters

Directions