Show 157, January 30, 2016: Michael Rooney, Bar Manager, Amar Santana’s Vaca, Costa Mesa Part One

Michael RooneyChef Amar Santana’s Vaca in Costa Mesa has been one of the toughest reservations in town since its opening. It’s a busy spot.

The ambitious bar program there also merits a lot of attention. They even create their own vermouth. One of their signature cocktails is The Vaca Tonic, inspired by Chef Amar’s visits to Spain, that is creatively served out of a slushy machine. It’s Brooklyn Gin (NY), Frozen Gimlet, Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic and Basil Blossom.

Vaca’s incredibly knowledgeable Bar Manager, Michael Rooney, joins us for a short course on the pure joy of appreciating Sherry. Michael also credits his colleague at Vaca and Broadway by Amar Santana, Gabrielle Dion, for her key contributions to the bar program.