Getting Lucifer

Photo by Kristina Yamamoto

Mix-master Anthony De Hoyos (Spanish for “Anthony of Holes,” which we assume in this case are graves) fashions deadly drinks at the newly remodeled Air Conditioned Lounge in North Park.

PacificSD: What’s the evilest thing you’ve ever done?
De Hoyos: [laughs] I’ve done some pretty bad shit.

What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I was in a car accident. My power steering went out when I was exiting the freeway, and I flipped my truck. I actually walked away with just a couple bruises, but it scared the hell out of me.

If you could have only one more drink in life, what would it be?
I would probably have a Vieux Carre [French for “Old Quarter,” as in the French Quarter in New Orleans]. It’s one of my favorite drinks. It’s made with rye, cognac, sweet vermouth, herbal liqueur and bitters.

Have your drinks ever turned anyone into a werewolf? Or worse?
One of my buddies actually used to howl after having my drinks. Does that count?

What will happen in your afterlife?
Probably go to Heaven, maybe kick it with Jim Morrison and John Lennon. I always wish I grew up in the late-'60s, being dazed and confused with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Free love, I guess.

What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
I had a horse around my waist with a noose on it. I was “hung like a horse.”

What potion have you mixed up?
It’s called Satan’s Whiskers. It’s a great party drink. I think a lot of the drinks I’ve made for Air Conditioned Lounge are very approachable. It also appeals to the drinker who doesn’t want something too sweet, but likes a drink with real complexity. This one’s made with gin, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, orange juice, orange bitters and Grand Marnier. Try won’t kill you.

Air Conditioned Lounge
4673 30th St., North Park