O.C. Sips and Bites: The Saigon Lychee Cocktail from Chato’s Bar and Grill in Santa Ana

Photograph by Max Milla

New Chato’s Bar and Grill in Santa Ana presents elevated Mexican fare by chef Sergio Ortega. As might be expected, Chato’s also offers margaritas, including an off-menu super-premium version with gold flakes. Not expected—yet one of its top sellers, more popular than any food item—is the Saigon Lychee. Turns out lychees are grown in several Mexican states … and Chato’s managing partner Chris Pham is half Mexican, half Vietnamese. The cocktail features Effen Black Cherry Vodka, elderflower and pomegranate liqueurs, lychee puree, and pineapple juice and arrives bubbling and smoking on dry ice. Pair it with the crispy fish taco—masa-fried white fish, spicy lychee slaw, and chile-ash aioli—or perhaps the grilled quail with salsa borracha. The Saigon Lychee also tops the list of canned cocktails to go. 400 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714-852-3256, chatosbarandgrill.com

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