With spring officially in the air, it can be extra tough to stay indoors and continue to self-isolate. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the new season through spirits. Try making seven cocktails from L.A. bars, which are basically a breath of fresh air in liquid form.
GARDEN SOUR FROM MA’AM SIR
Drink your greens! Veggies may not be the most popular of quarantine snacks but Ma’am Sir Bar Director Ramsey Musk has found a way to sneak them into your staycation with his Garden Sour cocktail.
1.5 oz Capurro Pisco
0.5 Green Chartreuse
1 Sauvignon Blanc
1.5 oz Garden Syrup
Add any herbs or green veggies you want. Start with 2:1 simple or a gomme base, then add the herbs and dissolve your sugar and then cut with some green juices. Ramsey’s suggestions: parsley, dill, mint and tarragon, cut with cucumber and celery juice.
IMMUNITY BOOST FROM AC LOUNGE
Located just minutes from the airport, AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay is used to seeing its fair share of tired travelers. To help give them a boost (and now us at home), the bar team at AC Lounge created the Immunity Boost cocktail which includes the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient turmeric, which may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
1.5 oz Tito’s Vodka
0.75 oz Citrus Blend
0.25 Turmeric Syrup
2 Dashes of Grapefruit Bitters
Top with Ginger Beer
The citrus blend is an equal part mixture of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange juice. Turmeric powder can be used as a substitute to the syrup – only use 1/2 teaspoon. Combine and enjoy.
PALOMA FROM GRACIAS MADRE
Gracias Madre’s Beverage Director Maxwell Reis helps you bring the feel of the beach to your own home with the refreshing classic Mexican cocktail, The Paloma. Easy to make, with ingredients like blanco tequila, grapefruit soda and juice, you’ll feel like you’re sipping in the sunshine on the beach right in the comfort of your living room.
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1.5 oz Grapefruit Soda
0.75 oz Grapefruit Juice
0.75 oz Pamplemousse Liquor
0.75 oz Cocci Americano
1 Dehydrated Grapefruit Slice (optional)
Assemble cocktail (minus soda) in cocktail tin, shake cocktail with ice, then add soda to tin. Strain into salt-rimmed Collins glass topped with ice. Garnish with a dehydrated grapefruit slice.
CUT GRASS FROM GLANCE LOBBY BAR AT JW MARRIOTT LOS ANGELES L.A. LIVE
Spring is a season for getting out and enjoying the fresh air. While that isn’t exactly reality, especially with all the parks closed down, get your fix with the Cut Grass cocktail, found on the menu of the Glance Lobby Bar at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.
1.5 oz Square One Basil Organic Vodka
1.5 oz Fresh Cucumber Juice
1 oz Ginger Raw Honey Syrup
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Pinch Sea Salt
Lemon Verbena Water
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Add ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with shaved cucumber. Spritz lemon verbena water over the cocktail to add intensely fresh aromatics.
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxjw-jw-marriott-los-angeles-la-live, @jwlalive
TROPICAL HIBISCUS AT SUSHI ROKU
Sushi Roku has two locations in Los Angeles, one in Santa Monica and Pasadena. Make a third in your home by recreating one of their famous Japanese-inspired cocktails like the Tropical Hibiscus which features including naturally sweet agave and coconut.
1.5 oz Deleon Reposado Infused Hibiscus
0.5 oz Giffard’s Passionfruit
0.25 oz Agave
0.5 oz Coconut
0.5 oz Lime Juice
Combine Deleon Reposado Infused Hibiscus, Giffard’s Passionfruit, agave, coconut and lime juice in a tin with ice. Shake and strain into rocks glass with ice. Garnish with lime wheel.
MARKET PISCO SOUR FROM PICCALILLI
Piccalilli is a brand-new Cali-Asian restaurant in Culver City from New York-trained Chef Macks Collins and Chef Bryan Kidwell. Piccalilli’s Beverage Manager Logan Bond has crafted cocktails that complement the restaurant’s bright personality by using unexpected ingredients while preserving pre-Prohibition classic flavors and taste. While isolating at home, take a stab at making his delicious Market Sour.
2 oz Control C Pisco
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
0.5 oz. Velvet Falernum
0.75 oz. Lemon Juice
1 oz Egg White
Shaken and double strained, served up in a coupe.
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