New drink honors iconic Laguna Seca turn 8

James Raia

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is approaching its busiest of the season.


(At the top of this post is an encore presentation of our recent podcast with Barry Toepke, the marketing and communications director at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Several changes for the 2020 season were announced after the orginal podcast brodcast April 14, 2020.)

Like all businesses, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has altered its plans several times this year as the COVID-19 pandemic situation remains ever-evolving.

When the multi-disciple racing season finally begins this summer, visitors to the Monterey Peninsula may wish to taste a new cocktail, created to celebrate the delayed-but still-scheduled season.

The Corkscrew Paradise is a new drink to celebrate the iconic corkscrew turn 8 at WeatherTech Raceway. Laguna Seca
The Corkscrew Paradise is a new drink created to celebrate the iconic corkscrew turn 8 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

To commemorative the start of the unique season, Estéban restaurant in downtown Monterey has created the Corkscrew Paradise. It celebrates the iconic corkscrew turn 8 on the raceway.

Cheers: Laguna Seca honored by drink

The cocktail pairs El Jefe Tequila with ginger ale and raspberry puree. El Jefe is distilled in Jalisco, Mexico at Casa Maestri from 100 percent Blue Weber Agave. The goal of El Jefe is to strike the perfect balance of quality tequila made by traditional methods that will appeal to the American palate.

The Corkscrew Paradise will on the Estéban cocktail menu from June through December, in honor of our extended racing season.

The 2020 premier event schedule: the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion August 7-9, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 13-16, the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship featuring the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship September 4-6, and the NTT IndyCar Series featuring the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Doubleheader September 18-20, the Ferrari Challenge September 24-27, the GEICO Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey October 23-25, and the Trans Am SpeedFest December 1-3.

The 2020 Season Pass offers savings on admission to all six premier events on the schedule.

Here’s the Corkscrew Paradise official recipe:

• 2 oz El Jefe Reposado Tequila
• 1.5 oz Fever Tree Smoky Ginger Ale
• 0.5 oz House-Made Raspberry purée

Pour tequila and ginger ale over ice in an 11 oz rocks glass, top with purée and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel and fresh raspberries.

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Article Last Updated: June 2, 2020.

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