Behind the Stick with Shane Drosi of OB Warehouse
Orange-infused vodka, lemon juice and Genepy des Alpes is the perfect summertime libation. Shane Drosi, bartender of OB Warehouse, shares this crisp, refreshing and herbaceous cocktail and chats about his journey leading up to his bartending role at OB Warehouse in Ocean Beach.
3 basil leaves .50 oz simple syrup .50 oz lemon juice 1.50 oz orange-infused vodka .50 oz Genepy des Alpes Splash of soda water Garnish with orange wheel
What’s the origin of The Toolbelt?
All cocktails at OB Warehouse are named after tools, and this is one we needed to add to our tool belt. It was created when searching for the perfect summer cocktail that utilized fresh, local ingredients, and would be refreshing after a day spent at the beach.
How would you describe the taste?
It's refreshing, crisp and herbaceous.
What would be the key component in this drink?
A variety of fresh oranges and Genepy de Alpes.
What's the process of infusing oranges with Absolut?
We use a minimum of five different orange varieties. We peel the oranges and remove any pith left on the peel. We infuse the vodka for a minimum of two weeks. When you see a distinct color change and layers of orange oil, it is time to enjoy!
What are some dishes to pair with this drink?
Heirloom Tomato Salad, Calamari and the Catch of the Day.
What reactions do you get from customers when they try this cocktail for the first time?
The Tool Belt exceeds any expectations you may have for a vodka and soda drink. Most people comment on how refreshing the cocktail is and love the depth of orange we have been able to achieve.
What kind of experience can diners have at OB Warehouse?
OB Warehouse offers guests a rustic, yet up-scale setting to enjoy fantastic cocktails, the best local and regional craft beer and delicious world cuisine.
About Shane Drosi
Are you from San Diego?
No, I moved to San Diego two years ago from Tennessee.
How did you get into bartending?
I started bartending in college and immediately fell in love with the craft.
What's your thought process when creating a new cocktail?
I pay close attention to trends and what is available seasonally. Most cocktails can find their origin in a traditional cocktail, so that’s always a great place to start.
Define the perfect cocktail.
Balance. Balance is everything. All the best ingredients in the wrong proportions will never make a good cocktail.
What's you're favorite cocktail to drink?
Completely dependent upon my mood and the season. Right now, a good negroni or maybe some sort of tequila/beer cocktail.
What's your favorite spirit?
I love all quality spirits. I believe everything has a time and a place.
What trends are you noticing in San Diego?
A lot of seasonal infusions, fancy syrups and barrel-aged cocktails.
What should everyone stock in their home bar?
Good quality spirits and liqueurs and some bitters. Whatever makes you happy should be in your home bar.
What do you do in your spare time when you're not creating cocktails?
Most of my time is spent lounging around at the beach and going on long walks with my dog.
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