Best Summer Cocktail: Pizzeria Ortica’s State Fair

Best of 2015 in Orange County

Spirits wizard Joel Caruso commemorates summer with the State Fair—a pink-but-serious, frothy-but-complex drink that’s the taste equivalent of a thrill ride. It’s got barrel-aged whiskey, pomegranate liqueur, a squirt of fresh lemon, and a cap of egg white whipped with pale ale. The topper is a misting of Peychaud’s Bitters and a mixed sugar rim. $14

650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 714‑445‑4900

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