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THURSDAY, September 9, 2010

Madcap of mixology

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RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. (CBS 8) - In the bowels of the Rancho Bernardo Inn's signature restaurant El Bizcocho, chef Ryan Grant channels his inner child.

"I think dining should be more than just eating a meal, stuffy shirts and suits and ties," Ryan said.

In his libation laboratory, Ryan invents his kooky concoctions.

"Today we're making an adult version of the Shirley Temple, it's called a 'Dirty Shirley'," Ryan said.

Ryan uses only the freshest of ingredients, like homemade grenadine with dried cherries and wild huckleberries.

"I think that the key in making good food, drinks or whatever, is all about letting the ingredients speak for themselves from beginning to end," he said.

Next, your handmade Shirley Temple gets all liquored up and then the Dirty Shirley is topped off with some Jolly Ranchers spun into cotton candy.

"We crave in the brain things which are familiar or bring us back to part of our lives," Ryan said.

Ryan was born in Carson City, Nevada, but culled his culinary skills in the kitchens of New York City. Nights at the El Bizcocho, he mixes up his strange brew tableside, including his signature cocktail.

"This is one that I've gotten a lot of press for as well -- 'The Absinthe-Minded Professor'. It starts out with some absinthe, some muddled fruit, Meyer lemon, orange and lime," he said.

Then Ryan pulls out the blowtorch and things really start heating up. Finally, the mad mixologist pulls out his magic potion.

"Liquid nitrogen is really the only way to freeze alcohol," he said.

In the soul of a gourmet chef beats the heart of a showman.

El Bizcocho
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 675-8550

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