Best Martini - 2010
Plum Basil Martini at 230 Forest Avenue Restaurant and Bar
230 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
This delightful sweet-and-sour twist on the watermelon-basil martini combines Pearl Plum vodka with triple sec, grapefruit juice and a sprig of basil. It's the perfect aperitif, smoothly complementing the prosciutto-wrapped shrimp or the blackened ahi tuna nicoise, although it's hard to say how much this intoxicating beverage owes its flavor to the simple fact you're drinking it in one of the best places to be in Orange County: 230 Forest Avenue is a place not just to eat and drink, but also to people-watch. The person sitting at the table next to you is as likely as not to be a famous noir fiction writer or a French film director.