and The Winner Is


And The Winner of the OCeanfront’s Shake-Off is…

The Balboa Bay Club’s mixologist Felicia Chavez’s Newport Peach.

After careful consideration and tasting of all of the entries the judges chose this delicious cocktail to be the signature of the OCeanfront, a joint venture comprising six top resorts of the area. Cocktail connoisseurs are invited to sample these refreshing concoctions through May 24. Visit the Balboa Bay Club, Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Hyatt Regency HB Resort & Spa, Montage, Laguna Beach, The Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel and Surf & Sand Resort. Tell the OCeanfront what you think about the drinks on their facebook page and you could win cocktails for four at Marche Moderne or Charlie Palmer.

bbcr_newportpeachweb.jpgThe Newport Peach
By Balboa Bay Club & Resort
Mixologist Felicia Chavez

½ Peach (fresh or canned)
1 ½ oz. Strongly brewed orange pekoe herbal tea
½ oz. Peach Schnapps
½ oz. Orange Juice
2 dashes Chipotle Hot Sauce
1 ½ oz. Reposado Tequila
1 oz. Tuaca Liqueur

To Prepare:

1. Blend the first five ingredients together.
2. Add tequila and liqueur.
3. Shake well and strain over ice.
4. Garnish with orchid, colorful flower or mint leaves.

Mixologist Felicia Chavez

Felicia is a native of Orange County, and has been in the hospitality industry since she was 19 years old. She’s been bartending for the last 9 years, and has seen trends come and go, but it was her time in Portland, Oregon that really changed her approach to cocktails. Looking to the kitchen for inspiration, she often uses uncommon ingredients to make her drinks fresh and interesting. Passionate about wine and spirits, Felicia has taken her years behind the bar seriously, and is a Certified Specialist Of Spirits, as well as a Certified Sommelier.

Other cocktails in the competitionincluded:

The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort’s mixologist Jessie Riley’s The Spicy Mary

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa’s Red Chair Lounge mixologist Robert Marquez’s The Oceanfront Breeze

The Montage Laguna Beach’s studio mixologist Brian Nakamura’s Ginger Gin Ricky

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s mixologist Erin Snider’s Summer Fever

Surf& Sand Resort’s mixologist RJ Bear Cucumber Margarita

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Posted 4/20/10.