Nurture the Child Within at The Raymond 188 - Cartoons And Cocktails
What ever happened to the good old days of watching Sunday morning cartoons accompanied by a bowl of your favorite fruity pebbles and the dull roar of Mom's vacuum? You’d sit on the sofa in your PJ’s, the sound of a full orchestra blaring from the tv set while Tom and Jerry scurried playfully, yet vengefully, about their domain. Or, if you were born perhaps a few years later, you grew up singing the theme to Spongebob Squarepants until your older siblings would convince you to play the silent game with them. Shoot, they probably could have used A Spongebob Martini Pants back in those days!
Cartoons and Cocktails, the new summer cocktail menu at The Raymond 1886 in Pasadena is bringing out the child in all of us. With just the perfect amount of nostalgia, paired with playful and whimsical presentation, the twelve meticulously thought out and one-of-a-kind concoctions are prone to spark a heart-warming sensation of mixing childhood with adulthood. All the while stimulating your tastebuds as well. Each drink at The Raymond 1886 goes through the “Five Palate Rule” before making it to any of their seasonal menus. This rule entails approval by five people in order to insure a wider and more diverse appeal.
Throughout the menu, you’ll find that The Raymond’s talented bartenders have given homage to both timeless classics that have been enjoyed from generation to generation, such as Looney Tunes and The Flintstones, to more recent, yet beloved cartoons such as Finding Nemo and Family Guy. If you’re looking for a way to wet your whistle, say no more, and let’s set out to sea with everyone’s favorite rough-around-the-edges, spinach-eating sailor...
First off, we have a soft spot for green, veggie-riddled drinks, and boy, if that blows your skirt up, it doesn’t get much better than this. Popeye’s punch by Adam Vaughn would make even the toughest fellow around weak in the knees. What gives Popeye’s Punch its charm is “Vaughn’s Vatt”, a mixture of spinach, kale, wheatgrass, lemon, cucumber, apple, ginger, serrano, and turmeric. This mix is then combined with vodka and grapefruit, then garnished with a carrot. You could even consider this a part of your juice cleanse...we'll keep it to ourselves.
Another bold, yet lively creation of Vaughn’s is Spongebob Martini Pants, featuring Lillet Blanc, Yellow Chartreuse, a dash of pecan and a Gran Classico rinse. Finished with cardamom and a lemon peel garnish that would have the little yellow guy himself thinking he was looking in a mirror.
This next cocktail is bound to, at some point in your evening, send you into a spiral of Dory quotes and chants of “Shark Bait, ooh-ha-ha.” Probably not the best impression on a first date or anything, but you never know. Yet another creation of both Adam Vaughn and Head Barman, Peter Lloyd-Jones, Mount Wannahockaloogie consists of Vida Mezcal, Palos Santo infused Mezcal, lemon, muddled mandarin, and Cinnabark syrup. Also, we have to put emphasis on the flamed cinnamon that sparks from the cocktail like an active volcano, and a boozy one at that.
Let’s just say that our last favorite had us spinning and ready to eat everything in sight after just a few sips. Jesus Gomez’s Tasmanian Devil features components that would normally have you thinking “Tiki”, and sends each flavor into a vortex. Including three different rums: Plantation 3 Star, Hamilton St Lucia 5 Year, and Mount Gay XO along with fresh lime, grapefruit, and pineapple juices, Allspice Dram, honey, Demerara, and an Angostura bitter float, maybe The Tasmanian Devil will even bring out a small glimmer of your sweet side in the midst of chaos.
With eight other clever and innovative libations, with no commercial breaks, mind you, there’s something for the child in everyone hiding within the pages of Cartoons and Cocktails. Just yabba dabba do as we say and over to The Raymond 1886 before the season ends and get your hands on something a little animated!