July 10th is Piña Colada Day!

It’s time to celebrate a classic tropical cocktail, the Piña Colada!

The history behind this drink is a bit muddled, with at least three names tied to its supposed origin, but being rather fond of pirates, we’ve choosen to believe this story: In the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresí decided to boost his crew’s morale by giving them a beverage that contained coconut, pineapple, and white rum, which came to be what is now the famous Piña Colada. Supposedly the recipe was lost with dread pirate Roberto’s death in 1825, but was then reinvented in either 1954 by Ramón “Monchito” Marrero at the Caribe Hilton or 1963 by Ramon Portas Mingot at the Puerto Rican restaurant, Barrachina. While we let the Don Ramons battle out the claim, the most important fact we have is that the Piña Colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 and is yummy. While fantastically refreshing all on its own, one of Luna’s favorite variations is the Lava Flow which adds Strawberry Daiquiri into the mix for blended deliciousness!

So cheers to the Piña Colada and to the escape.

INGREDIENTS
½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1½-inch pieces
6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut (preferably Coco López)
2 ounces unsweetened coconut milk
8 ounces white rum
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 ounces dark rum (optional)
Maraschino cherries and lime wedges (for serving)

DIRECTIONS
Place pineapple pieces in a resealable plastic bag, laying them flat. Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.
Shake cream of coconut and coconut milk in their cans before measuring. Purée pineapple, cream of coconut, coconut milk, white rum, lime juice, and 3 cups ice (about 15 oz.) in a blender until smooth. Transfer blender cup to freezer and freeze until mixture is thickened (it should be the consistency of a milkshake), 25–35 minutes.
Blend again until mixture is the perfect slushy frozen drink consistency. Divide among glasses. Top off each with ½ oz. dark rum, if using, and garnish each with a cherry and lime wedge.

Photo by Alex Lau
Recipe by Brad Leone

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

This Whiskey Wednesday we present our review of

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky

Tap 357 Maple Rye

This blended Canadian Rye whisky smells quite sweet with heavy maple and slight citrus. The first sip is surprisingly smooth with a lingering mild sweetness. Overall the flavors are smooth and almost too easy to drink, having very little smokiness and a mild finish that leaves you wanting more.

In addition to being quite nice on its own, this whiskey also seems like it would be easily mixable, and lends itself to putting a subtle maple twist on some cocktail classics like the Old Fashioned or even a Manhattan.

This bottle may be finding it’s way into our personal liquor cabinet soon.

~ 8 out of 10 ~

Comparable to Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

We are proud to sponsor The Hollywood Burlesque Festival

BRADLEY PIERCE AND BELLA LUNA ANNOUNCE SPONSORSHIP OF THE HOLLYWOOD BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 11th, 2017 – Cocktail bloggers Pierce & Luna have joined with Lili VonSchtupp to provide a custom cocktail menu for her four-day festival event, The Hollywood Burlesque Festival. The HBQFest serves as the inaugural event to feature a Pierce & Luna specialty menu. Patrons attending the Friday Night Showcase, Saturday Night Competition, & Sunday Night Showcase at The Mayflower Club will have four specialty cocktails available to them: The Burlesque Beauty, The Festival Flirtini, The Hollywood Hustle, and The Sultry Siren.

The Hollywood Burlesque Festival runs over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th-29th. Ticketing options include: VIP weekend passes for all four shows, including early entry admission, a VIP gift bag, and entry to the closing party – $140. Single General Admission for competition night (Saturday) – $45. Single General Admission for showcase nights (Friday/Sunday) – $35 each.

Pierce & Luna are thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood Burlesque Festival’s third year, which will feature performances by 2015 festival title holders including: Miss and Mr. Hollywood Burlesque, April Showers and Kirby LaBrea, Best Group Rubenesque Burlesque, Best Duo Tito Bonito and Nikita Bitch Project, as well as, the reigning Miss Exotic World Poison Ivory and burlesque legend, Lovey Goldmine. Pierce says “Bella introduced me to the burlesque world last year and I quickly realized I loved the inclusion and empowerment it embodies. It’s sexy and exciting, but also incredibly creative and showcases several forms of talent including dance, singing, magic, and circus. We’re excited to be able to create liquid memories to enhance the glitzy experience that is The Hollywood Burlesque Festival.”

Event Details
The Hollywood Burlesque Festival
The Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Boulevard North Hollywood, CA
May 26th -29th , 2017 – 8pm, Doors at 6:30pm. (6pm for VIP weekend pass holders)

About The Hollywood Burlesque Festival
Over 150 burlesque performers make their homes under the palm trees of Hollywood. This festival is a chance for everyone to glimpse the magic of Hollywood Burlesque with two nights of showcase, one night of competition, plus a VIP closing party. For more information visit the official website of The Hollywood Burlesque Festival..

Slow & Low “Rock and Rye”

This Whiskey Wednesday we give you thoughts on
Slow and Low “Rock and Rye”

This intriguing concoction is more of a ready to drink cocktail in a bottle than whiskey and so is a bit off of our usual tasting track. That being said the blend of whiskey with orange, bitters and sugar is a tasty little spin on the classic old fashioned and is noticeably smooth and easy to drink.

It was said by the bartender serving us this round that it was essentially a “Old Fashioned in a glass” and we think that may be just a bit of an oversell. Slow and Low hides its depth of flavor well, not revealing the sweet fruitiness to the nose, but once tasted is actually quite complex with good lingering flavors, the only real detraction was that the pour comes out perhaps a bit too sweet.

Slow and Low is inspired by a bottled “Rock and Rye” tonic made by Hochstadler’s and claims a heritage dating back to 1884. Cooper Spirits, a company based in Pennsylvania, has revived the recipe and produces the hooch in bottles and cans for a new generation of boozers..

~ 7 out of 10 ~

Comparable to Jack Daniel’s Tennesee Honey or Southern Comfort

Le Salon Nouveau @ Club 33

LE SALON NOUVEAU at CLUB 33

33 Orleans Street in New Orleans Square, Disneyland


Dr. E’s Ginger Mint Julep & Appletini


Disneyland’s famed Club 33 is a special treat for anyone lucky enough to be invited. This members only enclave is a hidden gem in New Orleans Square. The entrance formerly resided at 33 Royal Street, next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant. It’s only indication was a plate reading “33” on the frame. Since it’s remodel in 2014, the club now boasts a grander entryway, with tiled floor, burning lanterns, and an ornate frame topped off with the “33” in etched glass.   Beyond this door resides a vestibule where members and their guests check in before continuing into the Court of Angels, formerly a public area in the resort. There you will find ornate iron cast tables and chairs and a cart with refreshments, such as chilled lemonade or warm apple cider. Once you’ve taken in the beauty of the open-air courtyard, you ascend into the club via lift or the spiral staircase.

Dining guests then make their way into Le Grand Salon. We were there strictly for cocktails (surprise, surprise) and made our way directly to Le Salon Nouveau, the club’s jazz lounge. A hallway lined with wine cases led us into a room with intimate booths themed for different areas in New Orleans Square. Beyond that lies the main room of the lounge. Adorned in sweeping curves of mahogany, cherry wood and marble, trimmed by blue and green accents, the room seemed to transport us under the sea. The vibe is open and fresh with the essence of Disney magic and the sounds of NOLA throughout. The bar is hand-carved and laden with enough spirits to ensure even the 999 happy haunts floating across the way would have a good time. The staff knows how to deliver the upscale service expected in a private club and is on hand to make sure each experience is personalized and unique. The menu is extensive and ranges from classic prohibition era cocktails to some of the finer offerings of modern mixology. The drinks are masterfully made and nothing less than exquisite. It is also the only area within Disneyland Park that allows alcohol, though there are several opportunities to drink in the resort’s other theme park, California Adventure.  La Salon Nouveau is a special venue and anyone invited should definitely say yes to the trip. We look forward to our next visit!


Cocktails Consumed

Pierce ~ Dr. E’s Ginger Mint Julep ~ Cognac, Fresh Mint, House Ginger Syrup
Luna ~ Appletini ~ Apple Brandy, Calvados, Muddled Apple


Atmosphere ~ 10/10
Cocktail Menu ~ 10/10
Service ~ 10/10
Overall Score ~ 10/10


Price Range ~ $10-$15
Food Service ~ Yes
Parking ~ Lot
Reservations – Recommended
Members Only Venue