Even though theyâ€™re a new kid on the block, craft-cocktail bar Magnolia House is fast becoming one of Pasadena’s best drinking destinations.
The bar features innovative cocktails and drink specials along with a substantial menu that will expand your horizonsâ€¦and your palate!
The menu is a collaboration between expert cocktail craftsman Evan Zimmerman and Colin Shearn, bar star for the past 15 years. Zimmerman developed the cocktail conceptâ€”Shearn executed it.
The result is a smorgasbord of drinks with flavors ranging from light to boozy. Here are some of their winning cocktails:
The Mendocino Sour is Zimmerman’s take on the Whiskey Sour that incorporates Rooibos tea, lavender and fino sherry, while The Lumberjackâ€™s Breakfast features blended scotch, apple brandy, maple and cardamom syrup, lemon, and egg white.
The Barracuda is a classic cocktail Mexican Firing Squad with a contemporary twistâ€”this uses celery bitters instead of Angostura. The Copper Heart #2, on the other hand, contains a mix of pisco, lemon, grapefruit and cinnamon.
Other must-try drinks are the Phantom Engineer, a concoction of mezcal, rye, Cocchi Americano, lime and grapefruit; Love is Not a Victory March, an all-spirits combo of Genever, Green Chartreuse, Campari and all-spice dram; Wicked Game which contains jalapeÃ±o infused gin and watermelon blended with vermouth, honey, lemon and bitters; Crown City which is powered by rum, rye whiskey, bitters and orange, cacao and banana liqueurs; and the refreshing Everyday Sunshine, a pleasant vodka drink with pineapple, raspberry, lime, vermouth and a touch of bittersweet Aperol.
Not a big fan of cocktails? Magnolia House also carries non-alcoholic beverages, wines, and ten draft beers.
For the lightweights out there (itâ€™s ok, itâ€™s not your fault), youâ€™re going to want to check out their snacks and small plates. Noteworthy items from the menu are the King Crab Mac and Cheese, House Burger (made with house-made American cheese, dill pickle remoulade, bacon and bourbon-caramelized onions), Korean Chicken Wings, and the Moroccan Lamb Meatballs.
Magnolia House is located at 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 584-1126 or visit www.themaghouse.com.