Mood Indigo at the Crosby, Our Drink of the Week!


I'm a Manhattan sort of guy, and that's the drink I always order at the Crosby. Their Manhattan is stiff, soothing, sweet, with the allure of the Kentucky hills and the sharpness of Gotham. But we're not talking about the Manhattan this week but rather one of the Crosby's specialty cocktails: the Mood Indigo.

I had never even paid attention to their cocktail list--nothing against the venue, of course, but I'm a Manhattan sort of guy! I knew that their jugs of sangria finish every night, but I should've taken a clue from my chica and try some of the Crosby's concoctions. So I drank a Manhattan (okay, two) and took a sip of her Mood Indigo.

Besides having a great name, the drink pops with lime and cranberry juice, vodka and fruit rum, and more than a few berries. It's as sweet as punch, but not cloyingly so, frou-frou but balls-kicking, with a punch that will eventually assert itself--think of it as more Nina Simone than Ella Fitzgerald.

But the secret weapon in this drink is the blueberries. Like the maraschino cherry in my beloved Manhattan, the blueberries in the Mood Indigo absorb all those juices and booze until they're left at the bottom of the chilly glass, bloated. Throw them in your mouth, and the drink is now concentrated, but sharper because of its new blueberry vessel. It won't shake my Manhattan yen, but boy, can you get hammered with this honey...

Location Info

The Crosby - CLOSED

400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA

Category: Music

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Parley Baer
Parley Baer

In college I loaned a copy of my Nina Simone album to a couple of friends who had a rock band, and I almost had to send Cousin Vito to get it back. When these guys kept raving about "I loves you Porgy," I said, "That's my favorite recording from the Fifties, but what did you think about the other songs?" No opinion, because they couldn't get past that track. (By the way, here's her best version: .) For the uninitiated, I also highly recommend "Goddamn the pusher man," "I put a spell on you," and "Pirate Jenny," which would inspire fear in a Navy SEAL.

Then there's the issue of Manhattans, one of my two or three favorite drinks since I dropped out of Sunday School. As a matter of fact, I had several this weekend. They weren't as righteous as one several years ago at the Waldorf in New York, but they were cold, bracing, and lovely. Hint: find a bar that uses top-quality maraschinos -- the kind that don't hide the cherry taste.

Seeing the fabulous Nina Simone in the OC Weekly made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. If I slow down for any amount of time, Gustavo, I may have to reconsider all the wrong things that you done.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Wow, what a great cut, thanks for sharing it!  I'm buying the album at my earliest. My drive to The Crosby is a bit more of a stretch for me (being an outta towner) so it'll be a bit longer before I get to sample their Mood Indigo.


This ain't the first time we've played Nina 'round these parts, so pay closer attention, son!

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