SOL Cocina

Tonight is the beginning of a week dedicated to happy hour, here in Orange County.  As part of the kickoff festivities we were invited to SOL Cocina for tequila tasting provided by Peligroso.  The tequila was paired with from south of the border favors prepared by SOL Cocina’s own Executive Chef Deborah Schneider.

Fresh Fruit Margaritas from Peligroso Tequila

Peligroso prepared fresh fruit margaritas and offered a flight of their three tequilas.  This is the first time we tried their tequila.  I am not a tequila connoisseur but I know what I like.  Over the last couple of years I have grown to really enjoy tequila and the anejo from Peligroso will be added to my growing collection.  All of their tequila is twice distilled which allows you to still taste the agave.  However their anejo is aged for 18 months giving it a nice floral bouquet.  Kim sensed some notes of coconut and I got a slight touch of cinnamon.  Their silver and reposado are worth a try too if you are in the market for something new.

Tonight's Tastings

Hot & Raw Ceviche with Peligroso Silver

The three food pairings fit well.  Served with the Peligroso Silver, the star of this show was the “Hot & Raw Ceviche” which had fresh albacore, lime, tomato, onion, mango, pineapple, orange, cucumber, habanero, cilantro and avocado.  Normally, I am not a fan of fruity “salsas” but this was much more ceviche with a good amount of heat and just a touch of sweetness.

Chipotle Chicken Sopes Paired with Peligroso Reposado

Paired with the Peligroso Reposado, they served a Chipotle Chicken Sopes, which is fresh corn masa, flavored with garlic and ancho chili.  It was topped with roasted chicken with chipotles in adobo & garlic and a spicy cabbage slaw.

Corn, Shrimp & Black Bean Cake with Peligroso Anejo

Finally, with the third and final tequila, the Peligroso Anejo, we enjoyed SOL Cocina’s Corn, Shrimp & Black Bean Cake with white onions, jalapeno, and panko.  This was topped with a salsa of tomatillos, serranos, cilantro, and just a touch of Queso Fresco.

We had a really good time.  SOL Cocina is also starting a Taco Tuesday this week that sounds like it would be worth checking out.  Now all we have to decide is what our next happy hour spot is for this week.

Here is the complete list of Happy Hour Week participants.  We would love to hear about your food adventures as well!  Check out some additional photos from the event.

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One Response to Kicking Off the 2nd Annual Happy Hour Week at SOL Cocina – Newport Beach

  1. It was great seeing you both at Sol Cocina! Will I see you both at Memphis Cafe this Wed? =) http://www.marianthefoodie.com/2010/10/20/dinner-with-dave-at-memphis-cafe-at-the-santora/

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