• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Eli Larios of 619 Spirits

Eli Larios, former bar manager at 619 Spirits in North Park, was able to craft up one of her favorite creations before moving to New Orleans to pursue other opportunities.

This is the “Thai Me Up” cocktail. Made with curry powder, lime juice, orange juice, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, 619 Scorpion Pepper Vodka and garnished with a lime wedge, lime leaf and a star anise. Cheers!

About Eli Larios

Are you from San Diego?

I am originally from Los Angeles.

How has your journey been leading up to your role at 619 Spirits?

My journey started at The Rail with promoting for an event held on Friday nights geared mainly towards women. I eventually was asked to join the staff as a barback and then moved on to bartending when two bartenders, Twan Dallas and Julian Rosado, helped train me for the role. I became hooked on the art behind creating well balanced, classic cocktails. From there, I expanded my knowledge base to incorporate more of a craft cocktail focus. I began a cocktail program at The Rail and when the opportunity arose to expand my cocktail knowledge at 619 Spirits, I jumped at the chance. 619 Spirits features locally made spirits and liquors so I was given a chance to showcase such an interesting variety of brands.