Like it or not, summer is long gone, which means it’s time to swap out those refreshing mojitos and sweet sangrias for some warmer libations. With rich ingredients including apple brandy, nutmeg, pumpkin and espresso, check out these 16 festival fall cocktails to try in L.A.
Autumn Bell at Ronan
At Ronan, Melrose’s buzzed-about wood-fired pizza place, Beverage Director Nick Meyer created the Autumn Bell made with pineapple, mezcal, lime, falernum and gochugaru (Korean Chile flake) for a little pepper spice kick. The cocktail also features a special spice blended in-house which includes star anise, fennel pollen, cinnamon, clove, ginger and nutmeg. It drinks like a summer favorite, but is loaded with autumn flavors.
7315 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, ronanla.com, @ronan_la
Djam House at Bibo Ergo Sum
With a name that translates to “I Drink Therefore I Am.” West Hollywood cocktail destination Bibo Ergo Sum, has a stellar reputation for a reason. Under the Neon Menu, which pays tribute to the drinks from days of disco and the decade that followed, you’ll find the DJam House cocktail made with St. George Pear Brandy, Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, Suze Gentian, fresh lemon juice, cherry Lambrusco and star anise.
116 N. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, biboergosumla.com, @biboergosumla
Test of Thyme at Big Bar
Alcove’s Big Bar in Los Feliz is one of the best spots around to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails in a charming indoor/outdoor setting. This fall, try the bar’s sour rift Test Of Thyme made with Glenfiddich, Old Forester Bonded Rye, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, grapefruit, lemon, egg white, thyme and Bitterman’s hopped grapefruit bitters.
1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, alcovecafe.com/bigbar, @bigbaralcove
Autumn’s Harvest at Bottlefish
Bottlefish, an upscale-yet-approach seafood restaurant in the Brentwood neighborhood, proudly adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program standards – ensuring that their seafood is fished, farmed, and sourced in ways that support a healthy ocean. The bar program is just as fresh, utilizing seasonal flavors and ingredients prepared in-house. This season, order the Autumn’s Harvest made with Laird’s Applejack brandy, apple cider, lemon juice, maple simple syrup and a dash of Angostura bitters.
11677 San Vincente Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, bottlefish.com, @bottlefishrestauranth
The Loveable Curmudgeon at The Shelby
The Shelby is one of the newest spots on Third St. and has quickly garnered a stellar reputation as one of the best bars in the neighborhood. The handsome space, which occupies the long-closed Sushi Roku building, features marble tabletops, stuffed leather seats, rounded booths, old Hollywood photos on the walls and effortlessly cool brick backdrop. This fall, drop in and as for The Lovable Curmudgeon, a rich take on a classic Old Fashioned made with Craigellachie 13yr whisky.
8445 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, theshelbyla.com, @theshelbyla
The Bajonet at A.O.C.
Tis’ the season for spices! Over chic French eatery A.O.C., Christiaan Röllich, author of the celebrated cocktail book, “Bar Chef – Handcrafted Cocktails,” created The Bajonet. The creative cocktail is made with an exotic combination of opuntia, cinnamon, ginger, orange and cayenne.
8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, aocwinebar.com, @aocla
Marigold at Tavern
Halloween may be over but pumpkin flavors are still going strong. Throughout the rest of the autumn season, check out the Marigold cocktail at Tavern made with tequila, pumpkin, allspice dram, fernet and coffee bean for a little pick me up.
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, Tavernla.com, @tavernla
Pear Necessity at 101 North Eatery & Bar
In between pumpkin picking and watching football stop by 101 North Eatery & Bar for Sunday brunch or Tipsy Tuesdays and try the Pear-Necessity made with vodka, Bartlett Pear, fresh ginger and nutmeg. Whatever your fall festivities, this cocktail is “peary” necessary.
30760 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village, 101northeateryandbar.com, @101northeateryandbar
Spiked Peanut Butter Cider at Tanino Ristorante
Take classic apple cider to the next level this season. Available at Westwood’s Tanino Ristorante, indulge in a Spiked Peanut Butter Cider made simply with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, hot apple cider and garnished with fresh apple slices and a cinnamon stick. Toasty feels to follow.
1043 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, taninorestaurant.com, @taninodragoristorante
Espresso Martini at The Living Room
Perk up with an Espresso Martini at the Living Room, the stylish lobby/small bites bar inside the W Hollywood. The classic fall cocktail was created here with a twist featuring Grey Goose Vodka, espresso, Frangelico, agave and sweet chai cream.
6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxwh-w-hollywood, @whollywoodhotel
Noel’s Nocturne at The Famous Bar
The Famous craft cocktail lounge is located in Glendale’s historic Huntley-Evans building, directly across the street from the Americana at Brand. It follows an eclectic and rich pedigree of establishments that have called this building home in the last century, most notably the early Glendale landmark, The Famous Department Store. This fall, enjoy the Noel’s Nocturne cocktail made with Laird’s Applejack Brandy, Stolen Rock n Rye, Campari and honey.
154 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, .thefamouscraftbar.com. @TheFamousBar
Ginger Spice at Cleo
Spice up your autumn at Cleo with their Ginger Spice cocktail. Made with Makers Mark bourbon whiskey, almond and fig syrup, walnut bitters and garnished with a Luxardo cherry and an orange disk, this drink has just the kick we all crave when the weather gets cooler.
4311, 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, Cleorestaurant.com, @cleorestaurant
The Italian Job at Mi Piace
Located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Mi Piace is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. To stir things up behind the Mi Piace Bar this fall, owner Armen Shirvanian brought in cocktail consultant Josh Suchan of Ice and Alchemy. Check out his creation known as The Italian Job, comprised of Angel Envy Bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Amaro Montenegro, Miracle Mile Toasted-Pecan Bitters and applewood smoke.
25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, MiPiace.com, @mipiacepasadena
Mexican Firing Squad at Lucques
Set in a refined carriage house complete with a fireplace, Lucques is the perfect place to settle into the fall season. It’s Mexican Firing Squad is a new sweet cocktail with a kick made with tequila, pomegranate reduction and bitters.
8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, Lucques.com, @lucquesla
Rome with a View at Barcito
Perfect for those ending a long day at work, barcito, a lively gem in the heart of South Park in Downtown Los Angeles, offers Aperitivo Hour, the delicious opportunity to decompress and enjoy specially priced beverages along with a complimentary snack trio. Comprised of potato chips, Castelvetrano olives, and Peruvian corn nuts, this trio is a classic mark of Italian, Spanish, and Argentinian traditions of enjoying a small, salty snack paired with a tasty cocktail. Try it out with the Rome With A View, made of Campari and dry vermouth with a hint of lime and soda.
403 W. 12th St., Los Angeles, BarcitoLA.com, @barcitola
Golden State of Mind at The Misfit
Here in L.A., boozy brunches aren’t just a summer thing. At The Misfit in Santa Monica, the team can start off your day with the deliciously (but dangerous) Golden State of Mind. Only offered at during brunch hours, the strong cocktail is made with dark rum, cold brew, housemade coconut golden milk with saffron, nutmeg, ginger and finished with grated cinnamon.
225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, themisfitbar.com, @themisfitsamo
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