The Main Course at Napa Rose, Our Drink of the Week!

The Main Course at Napa Rose, Our Drink of the Week!

I've always thought of Napa Rose at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel as a once-a-year type of spot, a place where I take the chica and her friends and pretend to be Don Bren sans the evil and money. What I usually forget is that their cocktails are not just consistently spectacular, but also surprisingly affordable. In a county where bars won't bat an eye in charging you $15 and up for quality hooch, Napa Rose's offerings are downright prole, with nearly all of the specialty drinks hovering around $10.

For the birthday of Taco Maria chef-owner Carlos Salgado (if you haven't been to his magnificent Costa Mesa restaurant, you deserve deportation), I took him and our respective chicas to Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Lounge. Afterwards, we stumbled to the Napa Rose. And that's where I met the Main Course.

It was a mix of some of my favorite drinks, liqueurs, and apertifs, served in a beautiful glass befitting of the surroundings: Fernet Branca, Campari, Bulleit Rye, and Velvet Falernum. But the best surprise were mole bitters, a touch that brought all of the flavors--bracing, bitter, savory, spicy sweet--together for the purposes of getting you blotto. It's hearty enough to constitute a meal (hence, the name), but also doesn't go heavy on the palate. Now, if only Napa Rose can improve its bar menu (overpriced, under-seasoned), the Mouse has his second quality craft bar to try and ply Minnie.

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