February 17, 2014 by danisdecadentdeals
Recently I attended a grand opening for a new store called, The Mixing Glass in the OC Mix & SOCO in Costa Mesa where you can now find the highest quality bar tools that were unable to be found anywhere else in Orange County! Owner and award-winning mixologist, Gabrielle Dion, has brought curated cocktail ware and classes to come to her first-ever store. These tools include cocktail wares and supplies, bar tools imported from Japan and London, hard-to-
find bitters that shoppers can sample, vintage barware and glassware, books, and cocktail kits like the Moscow Mule Kit which includes everything from the traditional copper mug to the ginger beer. Products in this store are items that owner, Gabrielle Dion uses regularly in her line of work.
In addition to items you can purchase in the store there will also soon be classes taught by top bartenders in the craft cocktail movement, such as lead bartender Ricky Yarnall from Harvard and Stone in Los Angeles, and Jason Schiffer from 320 Main
to share their knowledge with Mixing Glass customers. These classes will be ranging from how to make homemade ingredients for cocktails, as well as bar mechanics, and Mixology 101.
When I attended the grand opening event, I was able to sample custom cocktails featuring cold-pressed juice from Birdie Bowl & Juicery and tea from the Seventh Tea Bar (another store in the OC MIX). There was also a gorgeous spread of cheeses to enjoy with our cocktails from the cheese shop located in the OC Mix…Amazing cheeses from that store
might I add! Along with the cocktails created by Gabrielle Dion, there were cocktail-inspired appetizers by Bar Chef Ricky Yarnall. We had the opportunity to watch Gabrielle Dion show us live demos of how to make a cocktail properly to make sure to have all of the right flavors and crispness to the beverage that is based upon several factors, including how you place your ice in the glass, as well as the size of the cube.
Before opening The Mixing Glass, Gabrielle Dion was named OC Weekly’s Best Bartender in 2012. She started her 10-year career in bartending at Pelican Hill Grill and also worked at Charlie Palmer in Bloomingdale’s in South Coast Plaza. Today, in addition to owning and operating The Mixing Glass, Dion is the bar manager at Broadway in Laguna Beach and also serves on the board of OC’s Bartender Cabinet trade group. Gabrielle is known for creating creative cocktails, often using different types of ingredients.
The Mixing Glass pop-up shop is now open Saturdays from 11am-6pm at The OC Mix in Costa Mesa. Other OC MIX articles include : MICHELLE HAUT CHOCOLATE, GREENLEAF FALL CRAFT COCKTAILS, RIVERA MAGAZINE CHEF CHALLENGE TO LIVE AND DINE & PATCHWORK EDIBLE PREVIEW.
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