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Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern Puts the Spotlight on Summer Cocktails by Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern Puts the Spotlight on Summer Cocktails

Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern is steps away from the beach, entertainment, and outdoor activities.  Perfect for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.  The handsomely casual restaurant features large windows, an open ceiling, scenic dining, and an attentive staff.  A terrific social environment for a guys' night out, families, or a fun double date. 

“Just in time for summer, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern (JFAT) has rolled out an impressive menu update of buzzworthy cocktails at their Los Angeles and Orange County locations.

With a sweltering summer upon us, JFAT is offering guests a refreshing new variety of carefully curated cocktails using only the best liquors, spirits and locally sourced fruits.  Guests can now enjoy three tasty new cocktails and sangria varieties that include blackberry, peach and classic. 

These drinks were inspired by guest requests and assembled by JFAT Brea’s very own GM and in-house mixologist Chase Layton.  ‘We listened to our guests and are excited to take our drink selections to another level’ says Layton, ‘each cocktail represents a different taste of JFAT, and pairs perfectly with our new summer menu items.’

In a country so rich in differing food traditions our approach is in a creative take on American regional classics.  Our menu features popular regional dishes from around the country but approaches them from an ‘Artisanal’ point of view.  ‘Artisanal cooking’ refers to food that is freshly prepared, hand crafted, in small batches, using high quality ingredients, and employing traditional methods. 

It reflects a devotion to detail and a reverence for the freshest ingredients, simple presentations, and an inspired blend of tradition and creativity. Everything begins with only the best ingredients prepared from scratch daily.  At Jimmy’s we embrace the philosophy of utilizing locally raised (if it’s the best available), organic, and sustainable food products whenever possible and we strive to partner with growers, farmers, and fisherman who adhere to these same principles.”  

Jimmy’s presents the best in American pub food, including such regional stars as Dueling Southern Dips, Certified Angus Beef and Black Bean Chili, and Specialty Cocktails.  It was a wonderful experience to receive a tasting of the new summer cocktails.  The bartenders, general manager Reza Mahallaty, and manager Anthony Riolo, provided excellent explanations and descriptions of how each drink is made.  Also, the servers were on the qui vive.


1.  The restaurant is located at 25001 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, California 92629.  The location is a short distance from the harbor, beach, businesses, and shops.  There is an adjacent public parking lot.  Other locations include San Diego, Brea, Santa Monica, and Woodland Hills.

2.  The main dining room provides a view of Pacific Coast Highway, the harbor, and ocean.  Peak times occur on weekends and during sporting events.  Make reservations to ensure a table.

3.  Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern has a bounty of desirable menu items for brunch, lunch, happy hour, and dinner.  Dine at Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern this summer and enjoy one of the special summer cocktails and share some delicious appetizers with friends.


The Pearfectionist – Tito’s Vodka, Absolut Pear Vodka, Pear Nectar, Agave  (The pear flavor is present; not overly sweet.)

SoCal Sour – Bulleit Rye, Lemon and Orange Juice, Diseño Malbec

Summer Sunrise – Ketel One, Blood Orange Juice, Blood Orange Liqueur, Sparkling Float (Light, refreshing summer flavor.  The large square ice cube ensures a slow melt.)

Blackberry Sangria – Troublemaker GSM (Grenache – Syrah – Mourvedre blend), Sacred Bond Brandy, Schnapps, White Grape Juice (A good-looking cocktail with bright flavor.)

Peach Sangria – Simi Sauvignon Blanc, Sacred Bond Brandy, Peach Puree, Peach Schnapps

Classic Sangria – Simi Sauvignon Blanc, J-FAT Homemade Lemonade, Sacred Bond Brandy, Razzmatazz, and Peach Schnapps

Starters and Shares 

Nest of Jalapeño “Bedeviled” Farm Fresh Hen Eggs  (A touch of spice…you will not be able to only eat one.)

Ale Battered Onion Rings  (Extra large size, a bit peppery, and perfectly crisp.)

There are numerous dining options across the country.  From New York to ChelseaDallas to San FranciscoOrange County to Los AngelesBeverly Hills to Palm Springs.  Each community with a multitude of restaurants for good eats.  Here is where expert knowledge of cooking, restaurants, and trusted expertise comes in handy.  Many readers rely on Jesse Bluma at Pointe Viven as a source for how-to and where-to regarding cookery, culture, and community.  Reserve a table at JFAT, have a special drink at the bar, and enjoy.

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