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Life & Work with Jazmine Paniagua

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazmine Paniagua.

Hi Jazmine, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Secret Oasis came to life in a conversation with my partner. They asked me what my dreams were and one of them was to own the most welcoming community bar where I can share my creations and help other aspiring local businesses. Being that having a brick and mortar can be a long process and a lot of money, we came up with the idea of a pop-up bar.

I took a bartending class, dedicated a lot of time experimenting with recipes, and organized my first pop-up in July of 2019 in my parent’s backyard in Buena Park. I quit my office job in January 2020 (I’ve been told I’m hasty) and decided to do whatever I can to work towards my dream.

Throughout COVID, I worked part-time jobs and got laid off three times due to labor cuts. Being unemployed was the biggest blessing in disguise, time was exactly what I needed! I spent hours in the kitchen experimenting with recipes and started to incorporate cannabis into my drinks. I perfected my infusing method and created an all-natural, infused agua fresca.

The cannabis-infused agua frescas were a hit right away because of their amazing flavors, colors, and potency. The most popular flavors are Tropicali (passionfruit & dragonfruit), Berry Jane Lemonade (mixed berries, lemons), and the seasonal flavor Summer Love (pineapple, sea salt). We are currently working on bottling and labeling the infused drinks.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My business was fairly new when COVID hit. Financially, it was not easy. I struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time and I couldn’t appreciate what I had created. Self-doubt was engrained deep and it took a very loving and supportive village to help me through it. It’s a work in progress, but not giving up on my business was the ultimate test to myself.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I take pride in making the most fresh and natural products. People love my specialty cocktails but my pride and joy are my cannabis-infused agua frescas. It took a year to get the infusing to my standard. Presentation is always important and flavors are on point! Plus, weed has a special place in my heart.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
I love singing! I’m so shy sometimes and unless you catch me after a cocktail or if I’m real comfortable with you, you’ve probably never heard me. For sure when I have my bar, karaoke night will be a thing!

Contact Info:

  • Email: Secretoasisbar@gmail.con
  • Instagram: Secretoasisbar

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