Orange County Sour at Brü Grill & Market, Our Drink of the Week
|Photo by Gem Calilong|
As expected, the mixed drinks are potent creatures. What just about everyone gravitates to, if they're not already sipping a local beer sampler, is a drink called the Orange County Sour. I did because like everyone else, I'm also a sucker for dishes and drinks named in honor of something local.
Never mind that the only citrus fruits involved are grapefruit and lime. It employs an orange slice simply as garnish. But with a few drops of bitters and thanks to that grapefruit, the drink is one of those palate-cleansers, biting enough to cut through all the rich food. The liquor that powers the acerbity is blanco tequila and the froth that floats above the liquid like some bizarre cloud is actually meringue built from foamed egg whites. It won't remind you of OC as much as it will recall memories of Orange Julius before they stopped using raw eggs.