Let’s be honest: if Los Angeles had an official cocktail it might be the vodka soda. Probably because it’s so light and fast to pour. But don’t let vodka get stuck with its basic reputation. There are bar stars all around L.A. that are using the clean spirit in totally new and inventive ways.
Check out seven creative vodka cocktails around town below.
For Goodness Sake! at Hatch Yakitori + Bar
Get down to HATCH Yakitori + Bar and enjoy their delicately delicious For Goodness Sake” created by bar director James Fastiggi. The drink is a vodka lover’s dream made with Tito’s Vodka, lychee juice, pear syrup, splash of prickly pear juice and dry sake.
700 W. 7th St., Suite G600, Los Angeles, HATCHYakitori.com, @hatchyakitori
Sleepless in Seattle at S Bar
Need to perk up? Hit up S Bar in Brentwood which opened just last month. Situated directly next to Katsuya, the sultry lounge boasts a super creative bar program featuring cocktails inspired from classic hit Hollywood movies. Our fav is the Sleepless In Seattle made with Haku Vodka, Kahlúa, espresso and cardamom.
11777 San Vicente Blvd., sbe.com/nightlife/locations/s-bar-brentwood, @SbarBrentwood
The Laughing Buddha at Rudolph’s Bar & Tea
Located in the lobby of The Freehand Hotel, Rudolph’s Bar & Tea is a vintage offering a menu built around tea-infused cocktails alongside full tea service and light bites. The bar is a nod to Rudolph Rosenberg, once the owner and operator of the Commercial Exchange Building that now houses the hotel. The Laughing Buddha features Homemade Chai Tea Infused Ketel One Vodka, Amaro Averna, bitters, Demerara and oat milk. It’s delicious and dairy-free.
416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, freehandhotels.com/los-angeles, @rudolphsbarandtea
The Vodkakin at WeHo Bistro
At the magical and lively French-inspired WeHo Bistro, The Vodkakin is a not-to-be-missed signature sipper. Created by Adriannah Bryant, it consists of Chopin Vodka, Parfait Amour, lavender, lemon and soda.
1040 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, WeHoBistro.com, @wehobistro
Parisian Orchid at The Oak & Vine
Glendale’s premier craft cocktail bar The Oak & Vine sure boasts a mean menu. Check out the Parisian Orchid Deep Eddy Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, passionfruit syrup and lemon, garnished with real flowers.
117 E Harvard St., Glendale, theoakandvine.com, @theoakandvine
The Modern Mary at Redbird
Bloody Marys and brunch go hand in hand, but for those looking for a lighter morning libation, head down to Redbird on the weekends and try out The Modern Mary. The clean twist on the classic drink is made with clarified tomato, clarified lemon, white balsamic, fennel, basil and pepper vodka.
114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, redbird.la, @redbirdla
Flower Street at Barcito
In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at barcito, Andrea Borgen and Jamie Amos, will have guests saying bottoms up with their flirty Flower Street cocktail filled with Loft & Bear Vodka, lemon, and egg white.
403 W. 12th St., Los Angeles, BarcitoLA.com, @barcitola
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