Brr! Temps lately have been dipping down to the 50’s, so you know it’s officially winter in L.A.. Time to swap out those refreshing sippers for some warmer, richer libations. With ingredients including spice rum, nutmeg and cinnamon, check out these 15 winter cocktails to try in L.A..
Le Petit Muerte at Church & State
Cozy up this winter season with Church & State’s Le Petit Muerte made with apple brandy, maple liqueur, cinnamon, brown sugar syrup and chamomile bitters. This cocktail, created by Victor Moreno, will bring you all the warmth needed in the new year.
1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles; ChurchandStateBistro.com; @churchandstatebistro
Maple Leaf at Redbird
The Maple Leaf is just one of 31 cocktails on Redbird Bar Director Tobin Shea’s “The Plain Truth About the Best Seeds” cocktail collection. A wintery twist on a Whiskey Sour, this drink is made with Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège, Lustau Don Nuno Oloroso Sherry, maple syrup, black tea, lemon and St. George Spiced Pear.
114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles; redbird.la; @redbirdla
The Front Page at Golden Gopher
Originally dubbed the Golden Sun saloon – purchased in 1905 by president Teddy Roosevelt – the iconic property re-opened in Downtown L.A. as the Golden Gopher in 2004. Golden Gopher features original exposed brick, custom-designed glass chandeliers, 16 craft beers on tap and old-school video game tables. The Front Page is just one of bar’s signature cocktails available this winter. It’s made with Bourbon, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth and grapefruit twist.
5151 W. 7th St., Los Angeles; 213hospitality.com/ goldengopher; @goldengopherla
Hot Brown Buttered Rum at Birds & Bees
This winter, get cozy with a cocktail from Birds & Bees, the 1950s themed underground bar located in the heart of Downtown LA.. Bar Manager Jake Larowe created the Hot Brown Buttered Rum which is nutty, rich and perfect for those chilly L.A. nights.
207 S. Broadway (Basement) Los Angeles; Birdsandbeesla.com; @birdsandbeesla
Lady Put The Light Out at Viviane
The poolside gem at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, launched a new menu of winter cocktails just in time for the holiday season. It highlights traditional winter flavors with cozy spirits and each new cocktail is named after an iconic music album from a variety of artists. We recommend Devin Childress’ Lady Put The Light Out made with cognac, hazelnut, almond, pomegranate and toasted marshmallow.
9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills; vivianerestaurant.com; @VivianeRestaurant
Bali Bliss at Bone Kettle
Enter into a state of bliss at Bone Kettle this winter with the Bali Bliss cocktail. Enjoy a mixture of wild raspberry, Japanese yuzu lemon extract, agave syrup and soju. No new year stress will be happening with this cocktail in hand.
67 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena; BoneKettle.com; @bonekettle
Winter Spiced Old Fashioned at YNK
Ellis Adams Group’s YNK is tucked inside the Irvine Marriott, creating unique craft cocktails as an homage to places around the world. So while there is no snow in Orange County, transport yourself into a winter wonderland with the Winter Spiced Old Fashioned. It’s made with bourbon, winter spiced simple syrup, orange bitters, aromatic bitters and a cinnamon stick
18000 Von Karman Ave., Irvine; Ynk-irvine.com; @ynklounge
Boozy Rootbeer Float at W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills
W Los Angeles is heating up the season with a Boozy Rootbeer Float, offered exclusively at STK. The adult treat is equipped with Not Your Father’s Rootbeer, vanilla ice cream, bourbon and whipped cream.
The Real Mccoy at Delilah
A favorite of Kylie Jenner, Drake and Paris Hilton, Delilah is one of the hottest spots in West Hollywood. This winter, stay warm celebrity style with The Real McCoy Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon, maple, apple, nutmeg and egg white.
7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; delilahla.com; @delilah
Mulled Wine at Bacari W. 3rd.
West 3rd street’s most picturesque patio Bacari is now serving mulled wine to keep you warm. The $10 burgundy wine is soaked overnight with red apple, orange, lime, cinnamon, clove, star anise, orange liqueur and honey. It is then served hot and garnished with an orange peel. Enjoy it under the stars with Bacari’s complimentary blankets and heat lamps. Patio dining has never been better.
8030 3⁄4 3rd Street, Los Angeles; bacarirestaurants.com; @bacarirestaurants
Atol de Elote at Salazar
Set on the L.A. River, Salazar’s bar program includes tequila and mezcal-centric craft cocktails that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s Sonoran-style BBQ. The new bebidas calientes (hot cocktails) are temporarily taking the place of their infamous slushies, ensuring patrons stay warm all season long. Try the Atol de Elote made with fresh corn, milk, salt, mezcal and almond orgeat.
2490 Fletcher Dr., Los Angeles; Salazarla.com; @salazarfrogtown
Double Overtyme at Brack Shop Tavern
Tyme for a drink! Brack Shop Tavern’s bar manager Sean Brown’s new seasonal cocktails add a festive addition to the DTLA spot’s classic cocktail menu. Our new favorite is the Double Overthyme made with Double Cross Vodka, Forthave Marseille Amaro, Pamplemousse Liqueur, honey thyme syrup and lemon.
525 W. 7th St., Los Angeles; Brackshoptavern.com; @brackshoptavern
C.R.E.A.M. at Blind Dragon
Blind Dragon is h.wood Group’s trendy tiki-inspired karaoke lounge that draws revelers with an elevated mixology-focused bar program. This winter includes the C.R.E.A.M. which is made with Pisco control C, guava, demarara sugar, yuzu, lemon juice, shiso leaf and egg white.
9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; blinddragon.com; @theblinddragon
Ricky Baker at Baltaire
Brentwood’s modern steakhouse helmed by Chef Travis Strickland recently launched a new cocktail menu for winter, featuring seasonal ingredients from citrus to spiced apple. Our favorite, created by August O’Mahoney, is the Ricky Baker made with Bacardi, brûléed banana, creme de cacao, coconut cream, egg white and lemon.
11647 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles; Baltaire.com; @baltaire
Snicker Doodle-Doo at Broxton
Broxton, the latest project from Artisanal Brewers Collective, officially opened its doors this fall in Los Angeles in the heart of Westwood. For its first winter, the brewery and public house is serving up its Snicker Doodle-Doo made with Vodka, California spiced rum, Licor 43, a dash of Angostura bitters and a cinnamon stick. Between the vanilla character of Licor 43 and the baking spice personality of rum and bitters, this drink will make you feel like you are home in the kitchen with mom.
1099 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles; artisanalbrewerscollective.com; @broxtonbrew
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