Cocktails in Interesting Vessels at The Mayor’s Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen

Photograph by Benjamin Epstein

Finding the right glass for a new cocktail is always a priority, but the Cocktails From the Kitchen concept at The Mayor’s Table turns that around. According to chef-partner and mixologist Riley Huddleston, the vessels inspire the recipes. A pear-shaped glass, for instance, begets a pear-based cocktail with caramel smoke in its narrow top. Each of the six cocktails is fascinating; each is prep- and labor-intensive, reflected in the prices ($18 to $26). Perhaps the most captivating is the Blowfish. The tropical concoction uses clarified pineapple juice, Flor de Cana white rum, banana-peel lactic syrup, fermented pineapple juice, and cardamom-infused Aperol. The syrup takes several hours to make, and the fermented pineapple juice takes seven to 10 days. It’s served in delicate stemware from Spain that stunningly replicates a blowfish.  Lido House, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, 949-662-6160,

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