Each summer, Pasadena hosts SIP-tember, the celebration of the cocktail. This August 1 kicks off the annual celebration which then culminates at the Taste of Pasadena on September 13th at the Rose Bowl.
Various cocktail creations include special margaritas, new takes on traditional cocktails and cocktails specially crafted just for the celebration. Both chains and local restaurants participate in the annual event and previous winners of the celebrated Pasadena’s Favorite Cocktail prixe include the Broad Street Hurricane from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Cucumber Skinny-tini from Toro Sushi, the Vin de Pomplemousse from Green Street Restaurant or White Horse Lounge’s 2016 Forbidden, Ruth’s Chris’ Julio’s Passion and The Ish from Sushi Roku.
When SIP-tember comes to an end on September 13, attendees at the 21-years and over Rose Bowl event get to taste the final four contenders and then choose their favorite to find the winner. Last year’s event was packed with 400 cocktail fans that had the opportunity to pair bites from El Cholo, Sushi Roku, California Pizza Kitchen, POP Champagne and Dessert Bar, Du-par’s, Simply Cupcakes and other eateries with the cocktails.
This year’s SIP-tember kickoff event takes place on July 31st, with voting starting on August 1. The kickoff will be announced on the official website and includes a special event in connection with Patron at El Cholo in Pasadena.
As in other years, this year’s event also includes a tribute to Pasadena’s most famous culinary contributor, Julia Child. This year marks the 104th anniversary of the birth of Child and is marked by the The Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party on August 15th. Taking place in restaurants throughout the city, patrons are encouraged to get in the festive spirit by dressing for a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s era cocktail party.
The participants in the cocktail celebration this year are a mix of some of the longtime favorites in town as well as some new and newer comers, including :
- Trejo’s Cantina
- The Mixx
- La Grande Orange (Otis Bar)
- Bistro 45
- True Food Kitchen
- TapRoom at the Langham Huntington Hotel
- Vertical Wine Bistro
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- White Horse Lounge
- Roy’s Hawaiian
- Fleming’s Prime Steak House and Wine Bar
- Mi Piace
- Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub
Check out all the participants as well as detailed updates at https://www.pasadenarestaurantweek.com.
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