Mezcallin, a bar drink from The Corner Door, Culver City

by Rachel on March 9, 2013

The Mezcallin at The Corner Door in Culver City

This is the last of my four posts based on my delightful visit to The Corner Door in Culver City, CA. I was hosted there as a part of a food blogger/food writer event that the restaurant organized in support of Planned Parenthood’s Food Fare. Food Fare is held at the Santa Monica Civic in March every year. A real foodie mecca, Food Fare is terrific fun and gives foodies the opportunity to taste dishes from well-known restaurants from all over LA County. Chef Luke Reyes from The Corner Door will be at Food Fare this year. I’m grateful for his support of PPLA.

At the pre-Food Fare event that I attended Corner Door Chef Luke and Mixologist Beau du Bois (best bartender name ever, am I right??) presented a tasting menu paired with bar drinks. They served this drink, the Mezcallin, alongside Roasted Halibut served with Cannellini Beans. I’ve already posted the recipe for the beans – a new favorite of mine, and sure to be a favorite of yours if you give them a shot. And speaking of shots, the Mezcallin is a play on a cocktail called the Penicillin. According to Serious Eats, a New York bartender named Sam Ross originally created the Penicillin Cocktail. Meant to be a soothing winter drink it combined flavors of honey, lemon juice and fresh ginger, and fortified them with a good dose of Scotch whisky. Rather than using Scotch Whiskey, The Corner Door’s Mezcallin uses mezcal and adds lemon juice, ginger juice and pineapple gomme. This drink is for those of you who love peaty scotch and want to chase your winter germs far, far, away.

The Bar at The Corner Door, Culver City

Mezcallin from The Corner Door in Culver City (makes one cocktail)

  • 1.5 oz. Mezcal
  • ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. pineapple gomme syrup*
  • ¼ oz. ginger juice**

Shake and strain over a large block of ice in an Old-Fashioned glass. Garnish with a piece of dried Pineapple.

*Pineapple Gomme Syrup – Gomme Syrup is much like simple syrup except that it includes gum arabic, which gives it a smoother quality with a heavier viscosity than basic simple syrup. You can find a myriad of online DIY recipes for Pineapple Gomme Syrup (and plain gomme syrup), or if that is sounding too daunting there is an interesting website called Small Hand Foods that sells small batch classic ingredients for pre-prohibition era cocktails. Located in San Francisco they have a web based retail business with lots of unusual products to help you make all sorts of old style cocktails. If you buy the Pineapple Gomme Syrup you’ll also be able to make Pisco Punch, a popular drink in the San Francisco bar scene.

**Ginger Juice – A quick online search brought up many DIY recipes for ginger juice. If you don’t feel like making it yourself, it can be purchased on Amazon, or at Whole Foods, or at a cool website called The Ginger People.

Meet me at The Bar at The Corner Door, Culver City!!

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Sharon March 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Rachel, I just discovered your blog via the just-released babble top 100 list (congrats!) and when I saw the PPLA references, made the connection. I served on the board with Eric for many years, and never knew about your culinary talents. Your family is indeed fortunate, and your blog is wonderful. How you have the time, I don’t know! Well done!

Sharon Graves, ex PPLA board member

Rachel March 27, 2013 at 1:25 am

Thanks for the kind words Sharon. You should come over for dinner sometime!!

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