“What would you do if you had one extra day in the year?” Drink, duh. Lucky for us, 2020 just so happens to be a Leap Year and gives us an extra 24 cocktail hours on Feb. 29. Many imibers are unaware the Leap Year isn’t just an every four years occurrence. It’s also a gin-based classic cocktail created by Savoy Bar in London back in 1928.
So this weekend, check out Leap Year-inspired cocktails (some traditional, others totally original) being served at a handful of L.A. bars.
Leap Year at AC Hotel South Bay
In honor of this once-every-four-years-holiday, AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay put together a special Leap Year-inspired cocktail and deal for leap day babies, with proof of date of birth of course. Dating back to the 30s, this classic cocktail is made with gin, Grand Marnier and a splash of lemon juice. As Food & Beverage Manager of the hotel, Kayla Vidal, likes to put it, “This is a trendy blend of sweet and bitter. ‘The Leap Year’ is a classic cocktail you probably haven’t heard of but won’t forget. I love bringing back the classics, and this is truly one that you won’t want to wait another 4 years to try!” And, on Feb. 29 only, this special sip is only $5 for the birthday people! This Leap Year drink is available to non-leap-year-babies as well for $10. This sweet deal is served at Flora, the hotel’s rooftop bar as well as in the AC Lounge. So bring your crew and celebrate like you only can every four years.
2130 E. Maple Ave., El Segundo, Marriott.com/LAXAE, @achotellasouthbay
Leap Years at Lawry’s The Prime Rib
Lawry’s The Prime Rib has been a Beverly Hills staple since 1938, that’s Leap Years! So naturally, they are serving up their own version of the classic cocktaIl for the occasion. Lawry’s Leap Year is made with Hendrick’s Gin, Grand Marnier, Sweet Vermouth and lemon juice
100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, lawrysonline.com, @lawrystheprimerib
F29 at 90 West Lounge
At 90 West Lounge in Los Angeles, Anthony Pe’s original Leap Year-themed cocktail, the F29, is a twist vodka sunrise-meets-screwdriver with a carbonated twist. The drink is made from four simple available ingredients, vodka, 7Up, grenadine and orange juice to symbolize the four years between Leap Years and features a fun two-toned orange and red hue.
12740 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, 90westlounge.com, @90westlounge
An Early Spring at Birds & Bees
Birds & Bees, the 1950s-themed underground cocktail lounge has a rotating cocktail series going on where every month the bartenders create three to five cocktails centered around a theme. Heading into March, Bar Manager Jake Larowe created the SALT menu which includes An Early Spring made with Plymouth Gin, Fino Sherry, Bianco Vermouth, watermelon brine, watermelon molasses mix, orange bitters, peychauds and yuzu salt tinc, Inspired by Jake’s fascination with spring and summertime. Spending time outside for cookouts and BBQs throughout long afternoons. An Early Spring is very much a winter drink that has a promise of spring.
Birds & Bees, 207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Birdsandbeesla.com, @birdsandbeesla
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