The Harvey Wallbanger may have gained popularity on the disco floors of the 1970s, but at Bracero de Cocina de Raiz, bar manager Christian Siglin has renamed the old standard and given it a fresh twist for the new millennium.

The master mixlogist concocted the Javier Wallbanger, named for Bracero’s head chef, Javier Plascencia. Christian also updated the classic that counted vodka as its base: In a salute to Chef Javier’s Mexican heritage, he uses tequila instead.

Christian began his career tending bar at the Hyatt Regency in La Jolla and has become recognized as a pioneer in his industry by customers who claim that he “makes quite possibly the most delicious cocktails in San Diego.” He has remained the antithesis of mixology stereotype with his welcoming, down-home attitude that greets each guest with a sincere sense of hospitality. A native San Diegan and Eater San Diego’s “Bartender of the Year,” Christian is taking Little Italy to a new level of taste and service with an innovative flair that is worth toasting.

He also earned a coveted spot on Tales of the Cocktail’s list of Top 10 Finalists for the 2012 Spirited Awards (the first time San Diego made it to this level of recognition).

Chilled Drink of the Week: Bracero Cocina de Raiz Javier Wallbanger

Chilled Drink of the Week: Bracero Cocina de Raiz Javier Wallbanger

Photo Courtesy of Bracero Cocina de Raiz

Bracero Cocina de Raiz Javier Wallbanger

Recipe Courtesy of Bar Manager Christian Siglin
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Ocho Plata
  • 1/2 oz. Galliano
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup (2:1 Ratio)
  • 1/4 oz. Allspice Dram

Preparation: Pour ingredients into shaker. Shake ingredients with two ice cubes. Strain cocktail into glass with crushed ice and garnish with an orange wedge. Enjoy!

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Christian Siglin

Christian Siglin

Photo Courtesy of Bracero Cocina de Raiz