• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Joan Villanueva of The Hake

The beverage curator of the newly remodeled The Hake, Joan Villanueva, is creating some tasty and unique cocktails for diners to drink while enjoying the view and delicious grub. We had a chance to chat with Villanueva about his refreshing, herbal cocktail called T.A.K.



1.50 oz Sotol Por Siempre .50 oz House Sage Cordial .50 oz Pineapple Juice .50 oz Lime Juice .50 oz Agave Syrup

Garnished with crystallized basil

What's the story behind the T.A.K.cocktail? It is named after a good friend of mine, Trevor Alan Kelly, who happens to be a big fan of agave spirits. Describe the taste? Fresh and earthy. The citrus and pineapple work very well together and the Sage Cordial brings good balance to the herbal notes. What's the key component of this drink? Sotol Por Siempre; which is a spirit from Chihuahua. Watch as Joan Villanueva shows us how to make his refreshing cocktail, T.A.K.

What's a good dish to pair with this cocktail? I like it with the Ceviche and the Hamachi Tiradito. About Joan Villanueva

Are you from San Diego?

No, I was raised in Tijuana and have lived here a little over 10 years.

What has your journey been like leading up to your current position at The Hake?

I initially had this idea that I could serve and bartend while in college and after I got my degree, I realized that I really enjoyed being behind the bar.