The movie Blindspotting shot right here in Oakland was the inspiration for this drink. Because just like the movie there's a ton of subtle intricacies going on with this drink. Yet, you'll only be able to focus on just one at a time.
Conga Mai Tai
Light rum, gold rum, orange curacao, pineapple, lime and mint
The first time I made this drink was my first bartending job. It was 1992 and i was a rough and ready 21 year old . The bar was a long since closed little Mexican restaurant called The Cantina in the Glenview District of Oakland. The customer asked for a Mai Tai, the drink conceived in the East Bay. I could not remember how to make a one, so I threw ingredients together that seemed logical and appropriately tropical. The customer took a sip and said, "Well, this is not a Mai Tai, but it is delicious". A couple of years later, Cointreau had a cocktail contest and i switched out the Triple Sec for Cointreau, and called it a Howard's End and it took the blue ribbon! The original name was a RATS P, basically the acronym of the ingredients, but Howard's End had a better ring. I changed it to Mistadobalina to match the Avenue's Music themed Menu, and to pay homage to the Legendary Rapper, Skyline Graduate, founding member , Hieroglyphics and The Souls of Mischief, and of course the reason Oakland celebrates Hiero day every year, Del the Funky Homosapien!!! We actually went to Skyline High School OPS together. He graduated in 1990, I was class of 1989 (my daughter will be class of 2021) :) Jack Daniels Rye, Tippleman's Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Old Fashion Bitters, served on The ROCK's or up, garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist.
The Pacific Exchange is inspired by the tiki drink movement that was born in oakland, thanks in large part to Trader Vic's invention of the Mai Tai as well as the Port of Oakland's role in importing international flavors
Inspired by the local scrub of the Oakland hills (where Chef James forages ingredients for Commis/CDP often). The pervasive bay trees have given the ingredient an almost-permanent place on the menu in some form.
An Oakland Native of Jamaican & Indian descent, United States Senator Kamala Harris has served in the SF City Attorney's office, and as the California Attorney General. Kamal is a M*#%F&@ BOSS! Kamala Harris for President!
The Kon-Tiki Grog
Jamaican pot still rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, passion fruit, bitters
The Kon-Tiki grog is a riff on the classic Trader Vic's Grog. Trader Vic's was the second tiki bar to exist in the world, right here in Oakland. With this drink, we are paying homage to the bar that made tiki happen, because it happened in Oakland!
Town Biz Mai Tai
Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Remy Martin VSOP, Destillar Orange Curacao, Small Hand Foods Orgeat, Lime
The original Mai Tai was invented in Oakland by Victor Bergeron (aka Trader Vic) in 1944. He created it one afternoon for some friends visiting from Tahiti. One friend tasted the drink and cried out: "Maita'i roa ae!" (meaning "Out of this world!")—hence the name.
Trader Vics Emeryville
Rum, vodka, tequila, gin, triple sec, margarita mix, blue carasuel, pineapple juice
In Oakland, the home of the awe-inspiring Mai Tai, it seems only appropriate to use a rum from Oakland's first post-prohibition whiskey distillery in a richly layered cocktail combining tiki sensibilities while incorporating Asian influences that reflect Oakland's multicultural mix. I don't think we've got it Wrong...