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Destination: Cocktail

This month sees the debut of AKA Bistro’s new spirits-tasting series featuring bottles handpicked by “liquid chef” Brady Weise. The tastings take place Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 5 p.m., with the featured spirit changing monthly. September celebrates the heady magic of tequila, and Weise, who has worked with celebrated mixologists Pablo Moix and Marcos Tello, has crafted specialty cocktails that patrons can have made with their bottle of choice. A good option is the El Corazon, which blends tequila with Aperol and sweet vermouth. Who knew that putting Italy and Mexico together in a single glass would make so much sense?

El Corazon by Brady Weise

2 ounces Paqui Reposado Tequila

1/2 ounce Aperol

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1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

1 dash Miracle Mile Sour Cherry Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice, stir for 20 seconds. Serve in a cocktail glass with a grapefruit twist and a cocktail cherry.

AKA Bistro, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. (626) 564-8111; https://www.akabistro.com.

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— Jessica Gelt


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