Blind Rabbit

Blind Rabbit

It was a quiet Saturday afternoon and we wanted to find a new craft cocktail or speakeasy bar to try. We came across The Blind Rabbit located at the recently opened Anaheim Packing District, a revitalized historical hot spot that has more than 20 food and beverage shops.

We approached a propped opened door that had red vinyl tufting on the inside and was camouflaged with Japanese sake barrels on the outside, that when closed, lined up perfectly with the rest of the barrels on the wall. We walked into a small dimly room, with a three-sided bar, about 10 bar stools, a few winged back chairs and an upright piano.

The Blind Rabbit Sour

The Blind Rabbit Sour

Whenever we try a new speakeasy, we typically start with an order from the menu. This time was no different. I started with the namesake drink, The Blind Rabbit sour: Four Roses yellow label bourbon, sweet vermouth, amaro, lemon juice, cane syrup, and egg white. Jason ordered the bacon-infused old fashioned.

Bartender's Special aka "Granny's Panties"

Bartender's Special aka "Granny's Panties"

By now we’ve become acquainted with Phillip, the friendly bar tender, and the conversation we’ve had about spirits gives us the comfort to place the creativity of the next round in his hands. I told him that I liked ginger, lavender, basil and citrus and he went to work. Of course we had many laughs and jokes while he was making drinks and as a result, the one he made me is now affectionately called Granny’s panties. It was made with muddled ginger, watermelon, basil, a couple dashes of lavender bitters, bourbon , 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice and ¼ oz cane syrup. Creative genius served up, in a coupe! We had several other off-menu drinks.

Insomniac with Housemade Kahlua

Insomniac with Housemade Kahlua

Robert, the proprietor and spirit enthusiast, let us taste his housemade coffee liqueur, and gave us a small side by side blind taste test with Kahlua. It wasn’t hard to differentiate the widely produced brand from his made of light and dark rums, vanilla, cinnamon infused with coffee beans. Not only can you smell the difference, you can taste it!

It is a casual, friendly place where time seems to stand still. They won’t rush you so please don’t rush them as they work skillfully to make a drink based on your flavor profile. And hey, if they make something you don’t like, they’ll drink it.

Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit

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