Stay Golden at A & O Kitchen + Bar, Our Drink of the Week!

Maybe Weeklings should hang out at the Balboa Bay Club more often...EXPAND
Maybe Weeklings should hang out at the Balboa Bay Club more often...
Photo by The Mexican

Trip-out! Just a week after Dustin reviewed Kikori Japanese whiskey, a beautifully mellow drink made from rice, I found it inside a cocktail at the Balboa Bay Club's A & O Kitchen + Bar called the Stay Golden.

It looked like a giant shot of Chartreuse, owing mostly to the green apple and green tea used to balance out the Kikori. But the Stay Golden tasted wonderful, even though I'm usually not a fan of tart. Here, the whiskey burst out of the gate with its spicy vanilla overtones, followed closely by the green apple's pucker and a squeeze of lemon. But the true anchor was the green tea, added a depth you usually only see in amaro-based cocktails. I could've easily drank three of these, but it was late at night—and Newport Beacho's po-po don't take kindly to Mexicans driving drunk behind the wheel, you know?

A & O Kitchen + Bar at the Balboa Bay Club, 1221 W. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, (949) 630-4285.


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