Restaurant keeps some cocktails secret

The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Calif., creates buzz and tests new drinks with its secret cocktail menu

Mixologist Justin Pike of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, Calif., hands out a secret list of his most cutting-edge cocktails to select guests, similar to the way some operators reserve a hush-hush food menu for folks in the know.

Printed on quaint, old picture postcards, the eight-item list includes signatures like the Carte Blanche, made with white Armagnac, lemon, pineapple gum syrup and Pineau des Charentes, a French aperitif wine, priced at $15; and the Gentlemen’s Brea

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