Thursday, April 12, 2018

Five Spring Cocktails From Tazza Kitchen in Cameron Village

After a long, cold winter that decided to extend itself all the way into April, it looks like some warmer temps are finally on their way to the Raleigh area! The pollen is pushing through, and soon will be gone and it's finally...PATIO WEATHER!

One of my favorite places for patio dining in Cameron Village has to be Tazza Kitchen. We've been there for dinner, special birthday occasions as well as brunch and lunch (which I blogged about last year). I recently visited them again to learn more about their brand new Spring Cocktail menu. I'm really a beer girl at heart but these hand-crafted cocktail beauties from Tazza Kitchen's own cocktail guru, Mara, are enough to make even this beer girl start to reconsider my beverage of choice for Spring drinks. And most importantly, these cocktails are made with premium spirits and the freshest ingredients.

Let me introduce you to five of these "must have" cocktails for Spring:

Plantation dark rum, Batavia arrack, lime, guava, vanilla, almond, greek yogurt and crushed ice.
Are we missing anything? ;-)

luksosowa vodka, becherovka, cointreau, lemon bitters, up.
I'll admit I'm not a cocktail expert and I have never heard of a couple of these ingredients,
but I do know to trust your bartender! Yum.

beefeater gin, el jimador blanco, byrrh, lemon, strawberry, pilsner, on the rocks.
You had me at the name. Refreshing combo.

el jimador reposado, amaro Montenegro, chamomile, lemon, plum, egg white, up.
Light and tasty...all the hipsters are drinking it. ;-) 

titos vodka, amaro nonino, lemon shrub, bitters, mint, rocks.
Try not to get to cerebral about this, just enjoy! ;-)

Of course while sipping on these fabulous cocktails, you should definitely order some of the specialty dishes at Tazza Kitchen. Patio dining is perfect for sharing a few plates with friends.  Here are three tasty options that pair nicely with any of these cocktails.

The roasted spaghetti squash is SO good! It is a main dish that can be shared easily and consists of the roasted spaghetti squash (it's like pasta!) black garlic, farro, peperonata toasted pine nuts, grana padano and fresh herbs.

The mussels are a great start and perfect for sharing with seafood fans. These mussels had a nice subtle spice to them in a delicious broth of chorizo, fennel, onion, fresh herbs, lemon and tecate served with brick oven bread. Really good and fresh.

You can never go wrong with pizza from Tazza Kitchen (be sure to check out their brick oven in the back of the restaurant). We loved the spicy sausage and black pepper honey pizza with aged provolone and fresh mozzarella!

These quality house specialty drinks featured are reasonably priced at $9.50. I hope you feel inspired and can get to Tazza Kitchen this Spring/Summer and try these delicious drinks out for yourself. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy some downtime on the patio with friends and/or family. You deserve it after this dreary winter!

It's important to eat local, support the local community and take some time to get to know the amazing folks who put their time and effort, sweat, tears and passion into creating cool dining experiences for us here in Raleigh. I highly suggest putting Tazza Kitchen on your radar for Spring/Summer dining soon!! 

HOURS: Monday: 4:30pm- 9:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm

LOCATION: 432 Woodburn Road, Raleigh, NC 27605 (919) 835-9463

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village and Jaguar Land Rover Cary again this Spring to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2018 Spring trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping, dining, drinking, exploring local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

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