SanTana’s Lola Gaspar doesn’t mess around when it comes to fútbol. It’s one of the best bars in Orange County to catch matches year-round, regularly screening its beloved Barca for fans to enjoy. We recommend you start practicing your chant because you can expect this tiny spot to be extra rowdy for the World Cup, when you’ll belly up to the bar to enjoy a rich mix of smoke and spice in the Lobo Del Mar.
This cocktail starts in the village of San Luis del Rio in Oaxaca, Mexico, where Legendario Domingo Mezcal is produced by master mezcalero Gregorio Velasco, using maguey espadín, which is harvested at 8 to 9 years old. Lola Gaspar balances the earthiness of this spirit with the warm flavors of maple, cardamom and spiced bitters. The result is complex and smooth, with flavors of caramelized fruit followed by notes of roasted chile and cocoa. It’s best sipped with whatever chef Luis Perez is firing up on el patio on these warm nights.
Lola Gaspar, 211 W. Second St., Santa Ana, (714) 972-1172; lolagaspar.com.
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