The Babes Visit El Rey on K

The Babes love cocktails. Clinking glasses with friends is that much sweeter with a side of fizz and fruit.

When we hit the streets of midtown Sacramento, we often find ourselves drawn to premium cocktail locales, whether it be our steadfast whiskey pub or the ascending hip foodie scene where we can enjoy a refreshing squeeze paired with a splash of bourbon.

This week, the Babes joined fellow Sactown friends at a special preview of El Rey on K — the newest taqueria in town, bringing gourmet street tacos and homemade salsa to 7th and K Street in downtown Sacramento.

We were delighted with the entire cocktail list, but here are 3 cocktails you must try on your first trip into this cheerful cantina.

The Babes’ faves at El Rey:

  • Black Cadillac: made with whiskey, this juicy beverage is a whiskey-lovers answer to a margarita
  • Piña del Oro: this mezcal cocktail packs a sweet and smoky punch that even scotch aficionados can appreciate
  • Clean Laundry: this mint and cucumber beverage is a simple, refreshing alternative to a traditional mint julep

The name “El Rey” (meaning “The King” in Spanish) is a clever nod to its co-owner Kenny Thomas, former Kings player. Not to mention the restaurant is just steps away from the new Golden One Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings.

Even at the preview event, Sacramento’s #1 Kings fan and champion of the new arena made an appearance, Mayor Kevin Johnson, himself.

The El Rey tagline “Long Live the King” brings positive energy in revitalizing K Street and welcoming home the Sacramento Kings to downtown.     

A few other standout details:

  • Check out the vertical succulent garden on the entrance of the restaurant, which spells out “El Rey”
  • The bright print on the booths is perfect for a drink selfie (see photo above)
  • Their selection of salsas is extensive (9!) and delicious
  • TWO staffed bars means less time waiting for your precious cocktails

The official opening of El Rey was August 31st at 11am. Stop in for tacos, salsa, and a cocktail of your choice!  

Find them on social media —

Facebook: El Rey on K

Instagram: @ElReyonK

Cookies & Milk features Bourbon Cookie

The Babes had a blast collaborating with the local delivery services, Cookies & Milk. This late night cookie delivery service provides delicious home-made cookies for the Greater Sacramento Area at a less than 45 minute delivery turn-around time. When it is late and you don’t have the supplies or effort to make cookies of your own, these are the guys to call up! They are open:

Hours: Thursday 7 PM-12:30 AM, Fri-Sat 7 PM-1 AM, & Sunday 6 PM-12 AM

The Bourbon Babes thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the Founders of Cookies & Milk, Nick and Will. We started our collaboration, with a cheers of Lexington Bourbon, and sharing recent bourbon experiences and exciting things that each of us are stoked for (just like our regular Bourbon Babe meetings!).

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We then got into our bake-off, with two teams, competing to make the best cookie! The winning cookie is the featured cookie for this next weekend (starting Thursday, May 5). So the battle was one. The two teams, Team Awesome & Team Awesomer, had a blast with different bourbon products, pouring bourbon into the cookie dough, preparing a bourbon reduction with cinnamon and sugar, and using Whistle Pig barrel-aged maple syrup.

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TEAM AWESOMER …. and TEAM AWESOME with cookies ready for the oven!

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Celebratory bourbon and cookie pictures from our fun afternoon of cookie baking!

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The winning cookie was the ‘Bourbon for Breakfast’ Cookie –  this oatmeal, salted-caramel bourbon cookie is mouth-watering good! Enjoy friends!


The Babes Visit Display: Bodega

The Babes took a visit to one of the newest corner pop-up shops in Oak Park, called DISPLAY California. The coolest part about this shop is that it changes displays every couple of months. The concept behind the store is to  incorporate the community, featuring local designers, artisans, merchants, brands, products and ideas from creative individuals in different displays. The current display opened on January 29th and is called “The Bodega”.
As featured on their website, “the Bodega will be the marketplace store with the goal of being a centerpiece for the community to come together…from everyday kitchen items to packaged foods, coffee, and beverages, and household and convenience items. The Bodega will provide high-quality service and food education in an inviting and well-designed space. The Bodega will bring ‘quality to the corner’.”

One of the best parts about DISPLAY is that you can shop retail in-store (35th and Broadway) and online. For more details regarding DISPLAY: The Bodega check them out via InstagramFacebook and their Website.

The Babes found a bunch of items in the Bodega display that we loved, including:

  • The Vice Collection – Maple bourbon carmel chocolates
  • INNA Shrub – Cocktail mixers
  • Burly Beverages – Ginger beer syrup

Check out the fun shopping spree the Babes had at DISPLAY!




Cask & Barrel: A Feast Made for The Babes

you want to eat all of this, i know

Since they opened in early 2015, Cask & Barrel has been on my “to try” list, so when they invited The Babes in for a bourbon-filled dinner, I was beyond stoked. Just a short bike or Lyft ride off the grid, I am now kicking myself for not making my way there sooner.

The instant reaction with every bite or sip we took was “OH MYYYY, THIS IS SO GOOD.” It came out of our mouths in all caps, I promise.

i love you, kansas city old fashioned. will you marry me?

Bar Manager Ryan’s Kansas City Old Fashioned is to die for. Typically, old fashioneds are too sweet and/or boozey for my taste, but Ryan puts his chemistry background to use here, perfectly melding citrus with bourbon and rye for a finish that goes down smooth.

In addition to cocktails, Cask & Barrel’s copy editor appeasing “Whisk(e)y” list now boasts over 100 types. Our scotch-leaning waiter Nick curated a whisk(e)y flight for us, and managed to convert at least one of The Babes to the scotch side. We tried Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, Willett Pot Still Reserve, Glenkinchie 12-Year-Old Distiller’s Edition Scotch, and Highland Park 12-Year-Old Scotch. Yum!

corn dogs with proper posture

We were treated to many appetizers (including the adorably plated foie gras corn dogs you see above), which we assumed were dinner until a full spread of smoked, slow cooked meat; a bucket of crispy fried chicken; cornbread with ham hock butter (regular butter will never sate me again); mac & cheese; and a salad topped with cheddar cheese bread pudding croutons and apple pie vinaigrette (among other things) arrived.

i will crawl right off this plate and into your mouth

After we’d digested for a bit, dessert appeared. We managed to make room in our stomachs for it, though we devoured it too quickly to photograph. The chocolate fried pie, which is derived from a 200-year-old recipe, is drizzled with salted duck fat caramel and indulgently decadent. It was so delicious the only thing my blown away brain could say, repeatedly, was “WHAT IS UP WITH THIS PIE?!?” Again, it came out of my mouth in all caps.

We heard word there is a whiskey waffle in the works for brunch, so you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll be back for that, not to mention happy hour and many a friend, family, or date night.

cask and barrel crew and bourbon babes

Many thank yous to Chef Gabriel Glasier and Pastry Chef Kristel Flores for hosting The Babes. Cheers!

SOLD OUT – Bourbon Babes Sunday Funday brunch for WEAVE, inc. with Woodford Reserve and Old Forester – RSVP

bourbonbabesWe’re putting on a fun ladies-only bourbon tasting brunch at Paragary’s on October 4th.

The event is SOLD OUT! Thanks everyone who RSVP’d and for anyone who missed out – we’ll be having fun events more often. Stay tuned!

The Woodford Reserve and Old Forester brand ambassador (Billy Ray) will join us to give a rad talk about the history of those two bourbons and how they came to be!

The event will be benefiting WEAVE, inc. so bring some extra dollar$ for our swag raffle if you want some cool Woodford/Old Forester stuff! Some of the sweet stuff:

  • A whiskey stone set
  • A really cool speaker
  • A cozy Woodford Reserve blanket
  • SomeOld Forester flasks
  • Maybe more stuff!

Raffle tickets will be $5 each and 3 for $10. Cash only!

What you get with your $25 ticket (SOLD OUT):

  • Old Forester 100 proof welcome cocktail
  • Four half ounce tastings of Woodford Reserve, Woodford Double Oaked, Woodford Rye, and Old Forester Original Batch
  • A rad talk from the Woodford Reserve/Old Forester ambassador, Billy Ray, about the history of Woodford Reserve and Old Forester
  • Brunch buffet

Location: Paragary’s, 1403 28th St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Put a Cantaloupe on it. Our sweet affair with rye.

What do you do when it’s 100˚+ ? Make deliciously refreshing cocktails!
Put a cantaloupe on it
Put a cantaloupe on it

Place your large ice cube in a glass of your choice. Pour 1.5 ounces of Redemption Rye to begin the refreshing cocktail creation process. Chop up some cantaloupe in small cubes and toss them in the rye so they start soaking up the goods! Fill your glass with Angry Orchard apple ginger cider and stir away with a Whiskey Wood stirring stick (adds a nice smoky flavor!). Slice up a cute decorative piece of cantaloupe for the edge of the glass/extra snack. Cut a tiny slice in the fruity side of your sliced cantaloupe decoration and slide on edge of glass. Enjoy!

*pro tip – you can use your stirring stick to skewer the cubed cantaloupe out for an additional whiskey-soaked snack!

As true whiskey fans, we enjoy drinking rye whiskey almost as much as bourbon. Our loyalty to bourbon runs through and through, but there’s nothing wrong with branching out every once in a while!