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For my latest feature in the LA Times Magazine, I asked bartenders from warm-weather cities to share their recipes for cool cocktails. The bartenders are Larry Rice from Louisville, Bobby Heugel from Houston, Erik Simpkins from Atlanta, Todd Thrasher from Alexandria, Anthony Schmidt from San Diego, Rhiannon Enlil from New Orleans, and Michael Shearin from Los Angeles. (Photography by Bartholomew Cooke for LA Times Magazine) Cool Factor The Dog Days Just Howl for Long, Tall, Cold Libations By Camper English Different times of the day, changing atmospheric conditions and succeeding meal courses all call for a specific type of cocktail.... Read more →

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Below is the new menu for 1886 Bar at The Raymond in Los Angeles (Pasadena, really). (Photo courtesy of 1886) (If you see a link below, click it to read the menu.) 1886 Summer Cocktail Menu REGIONAL Zombie This drink’s first version was created at Don the Beachcomber of Hollywood in 1934 by Don Beach, creator of the “Tiki” movement. Limit 2 per customer. (A blend of three rums, passion fruit, Demerara syrup, fresh lemon, lime & pineapple juice) QB Cooler “QB” stands for Quiet Birdmen, a drinking fraternity of aviators founded by seven WWI pilots in 1921. However, this... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: CBH Lounge and Bar at the Crescent Beverly Hills

The new cocktail menu at the CBH Lounge and Bar at the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills will roll out on June 2. The bar at the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills was called Boe from 2003 up until this year, when they renamed and retooled the bar and terrace and brought in a new food and beverage team. The Beverage Director for the bar and lounge is Joe Harworth. His bio: Joe is Crescent Hotel’s Beverage Director and Head Bartender. He has crafted The Crescent’s signature cocktail list as a collaboration with mentor Kevin Diedrich [of the Crescent San... Read more →

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This week I flew down to LA to attend the Pioneers of Mixology, a day-long seminar put on by Pernod-Ricard. We were given talks by Dushan Zaric (Employees Only, NY), Aisha Sharpe (Contemporary Cocktails), Gaz Regan (writer), Tony Conigliaro (69 Colebrooke Row, London), and Nick Strangeway (Hix, London). Below are some of the take-home messages that I took home. Gaz, Aisha, and Dushan kicked off the day speaking about Mindful Bartending. I'd describe the concept as happiness in your job as a bartender, reaching "the zone" feeling when you're in the weeds yet the drinks seem to mix themselves and... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Winter Drinks at Cana in Los Angeles

The new winter menu at Cana Rum Bar in LA looks amazing. One of everything! DAGGERS Royal Oil |12 Without naming names, we’ve devised a new cocktail to replace a very old one that’s recently found favor with Polynesiacs and cocktail nerds enthusiasts. The result isn’t just tasty, it’s difficult to say after you’ve had a few of them. St. James Royal Ambre, Black Strap, lime, falernum Misti Dawn Swizzle |12 Keeping with naming gin swizzles after actresses, Mr. Goodyear was conscripted to provide you a cocktail that “tastes like it’s been places.” With ingredients from Africa to Austria this... Read more →

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The word 'Martini' has very little meaning. Two versions of the cocktail may have completely different ingredients and be served in different formats: A bone-dry-and-dirty Grey Goose Martini on the rocks with extra olives has nothing in common with a Fifty-Fifty gin Martini with orange bitters and a twist. They're not even close to the same drink - in ingredients, in format, or in purpose. More than that, the Martini no longer exists even as a drink concept. It means different things to different people: strength, dryness, elegance, simplicity, an aperitif, glassware, crispness, an era in time, an intellectual challenge,... Read more →

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Cocktail Menu: Red Medicine in Los Angeles

Red Medicine is a new restaurant/lounge in Beverly Hills run by some Michael Mina alums, including group beverage director Noah Ellis. When I look at this menu, all I can see is "Chili-Anise Shrub" and "Chinchon Anis." Sound delicious. Here is the drink menu, pasted from their website. #11 Pimm’s No. 1, Apricot “Brandy”, Lemon,Egg White, Purple Basil, Splash of Soda Shaken well and served in a fizz glass without ice #18 Krome Vodka, Chili-Anise Shrub, Lime,Grapefruit, Peychaud’s Bitters, Thai Basil,Ginger Beer Shaken and rolled into a tall glass Inspired by Scott Beattie’s ‘Irian Jaya’ #22 Red Wine, Sparkling Lemonade... Read more →

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