My name is Jill Drouin and I have been Mille Fleurs ’ mixologist since 2007. The return of the cocktail has been a social sensation in the last several years. With the rise of craft beers, premium vodkas and smaller craft bourbons appearing, I have had the opportunity to create extraordinary cocktails at Mille Fleurs. Developing them has not only showcased my ability as a mixologist, but also allowed me to enhance the dining experience for our customers. My favorite part of my job is creating lasting relationships with our loyal clientele, and the special connection makes my job very rewarding. I love getting to know them everyone personally and take great pride in remembering their drink of choice.
Referred to as the “chef behind the bar” by some guests, I am passionate about balancing ingredients in all of my creations. Living in sunny San Diego gives me the opportunity to have a large array of fresh ingredients to choose from. I also love to use seasonal and trending ingredients in all of my drinks. Right now, I’m loving Rye Bourbon which you’ll find in our “Rusty Rye” cocktail, a take on the traditional “Manhattan.”
Being a mixologist doesn’t end with mixing the ingredients into a tasty cocktail. Customers love a cocktail with a story, so the name of the drink is also important. I have found that naming the beverage after some popular San Diego areas where I personally envision myself sipping the drink makes it an intriguing and successful beverage of choice. Some of my favorites on the menu are the “Harbor Island,” with refreshing kiwi infused vodka and locally grown muddled strawberries, or the “Elfin Forester,” a mixture of apples, fresh rosemary and vodka.
Our specialty cocktail menu changes seasonally, and I invite you to come in to try one of the many delightful choices on the menu. Plus, we have a great happy hour and nightly musical entertainment including live music in our bar Wednesday through Saturday. I’ll be here to mix up your favorite cocktail or pour a glass of wine from our award-winning list and look forward to seeing you soon. Cheers!