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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SOL Mexican Cocina - "Thursdays at 901"

Sol Cocina
251 Pacific Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: 949.675.9800

This past week I attended SOL Mexican Cocina's first “Thursdays at 901” event highlighting the OC debut of Justin Timberlake’s 901 Tequila. I'll start with my general reaction to the verbalization of the word tequila: "BLEH!" Tequila and me ARE NOT the best of friends. This one, however, had me quite delighted and returning to the bar for more.

We were offered a list of four different concoctions... I only took pictures of two (blame it on the alcohol haha), but all are listed below starting with my favorite.

Strawberry-Kiwi Margarita

(Fresh strawberry, kiwi, lime and 901 Silver Tequila)

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I believe I went back for a total of three of these bad boys! Sweet, with a slight sour tang, a smooth back-end of tequila, and yummy tid-bits of strawberry at the bottom. This one was an easy sipper if you have the self-control to not just down it right away.


(The perfect combination of cucumber,basil, pineapple, lime, Cointreau and 901 Silver Tequila)

I agree completely with the drink's description. The Pepino was a different one in its own. It had a sweet vegetable taste. Nothing too bold. Very sippable. I believe I had two.

901 Paloma

(Fresh grapefruit juice, 901 Silver Tequila and a splash of grapefruit soda)

Grapefruit... sweet/sour. I liked this drink, personally. It was a nice kick to my taste buds, but took third place on my list after I tried the Strawberry-Kiwi Margarita and the Pepino.

901 Rocks-Lime

I was a little too ripped to remember a picture by the time I had this one, but it's a pretty self-explanatory drink. 901 on the rocks with a lime! The tequila is very smooth, but does have a nippy little bite at the end. Not as bad as a hyperactive chihuahua's, and MUCH better than any other tequila I've tried so far, but I would recommend this one as a shot rather than a sipper if you don't like the sting of tequila (like me).

I was also fortunate enough to try the corn chowder and a stuffed flor de calabaza with panela cheese and mole sauce. The chowder was smooth and creamy - not thick at all like the normal chowders I'm used to. My date promised to take me back for a late night of chowder and margaritas, and I REALLY wish SOL Cocina was open late-night every night because I would take him up on his offer right this minute!

The fried, stuffed flor de calabaza had a flavor that I can't really describe, but I will definitely be returning for more.

So... never been the type to go out on a Thursday night to start off my weekend early, but the thought isn't so bad now that I've tried it. It was actually quite a nice outing, though it threw off my mental calendar of the REAL weekend. Oh well, and well worth it!

SOL’s Happy Hour will still be offered from 4–7 p.m. (bar and patio only). SOL’s Late Night is offered from 11p.m-1a.m. (Thurs-Sat). For more information, menus, hours of operations, online reservations and directions, visit

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