May I Offer You a Cocktail?

Mister Elixir is ready to take your order.

  • Category
    Eat & Drink
  • Written by
    Darren Elms
  • Photographed by
    Shane O’Donnell

While you’re hitting the party circuit this holiday season in the South Bay, there’s a good chance your craft cocktail will be lovingly prepared by Mister Elixir—a boutique bartending service with a killer drink menu and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

The man behind Mister Elixir is Mike Dazé, a South Bay local and fifth-generation Angelino. His great-grandfather and grandfather owned and operated the Boathouse concessions all around Los Angeles—including Westlake Park (MacArthur Park), Echo Park and Lincoln Park.

Mike continues the family tradition of hospitality and has tended bar at some of the finest craft cocktail bars in New York, Los Angeles and Manhattan Beach, including his current gig at The Arthur J. Here are two of his favorite holiday recipes … both certain to keep things festive and flirty.

Mike recently debuted a new line of craft cocktail mixers for those looking to simplify the process. Check out those and his full services at


Pomegranate Cosmo

  • 2 ounces Tito’s vodka
  • ¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ¾ ounce pomegranate juice

Shake with ice until shaker tin is nice and frosty.
Strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with an orange twist.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

  • 2 slices fresh ginger root, muddled
  • 2 ounces Belle Meade bourbon
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce honey syrup (50/50 honey to water)
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 5 mint leaves

Shake or stir at room temp. Strain into coffee mug.
Add 4½ ounces hot water.