You can’t go wrong with a classic cocktail. Oct. 19 is National Gin & Tonic Day so celebrate the day dedicated to this fizzy, bubbly, highball with these five L.A. based cocktails.
The King’s G&T at The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse
The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse combines traditional Cornish fare with an onsite craft brewery plus full bar, all in a welcoming British pub setting. For Gin & Tonic lovers, look no further than The King’s G&T, featuring the Botanist Gin, housemade tonic and lime.
10543 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles; thestalkinghorsepub.com; @stalkinghorsepub
Housemade Gin & Tonic at Birds & Bees
Birds & Bees, 1950s themed mid-century modern underground cocktail bar in DTLA, recently set out to make one of the best Gin & Tonics in town. Bar Manager Jake Larowe upgrades this classic cocktail with house-made tonic syrup made with chopped cinchona bark, citrus zest, lemon grass, allspice berries, coriander, whole green cardamom pods and lavender oil, clearly not-your-average ingredient list.
207 S Broadway (Basement), Los Angeles; Birdsandbeesla.com; @birdsandbeesla
R&R at Big Bar
Over at Big Bar in Los Feliz, the G&T is actually known as the R&R. The fresh and sparkling sipper is made with Hendrick’s Gin, Edinburgh rhubarb ginger, St. George. raspberry brandy, lemon, raspberry, chervil, miracle mile bergamot bitters and bubbles.
1927 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles; alcovecafe.com/bigbar; @bigbaralcove
Christiaan’s G&T at Lucques
In celebration of the 20th birthday of Lucques this fall, Christiaan Röllich, one L.A.’s most inventive barmen, has crafted a series of re-imagined classic cocktails made with exclusively house-made ingredients. On the menu you’ll find Lucques’ G&T is freshly made simply with housemade gin, lemongrass, cucumber and housemade tonic.
8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; Lucques.com; @lucquesla
The Paulita at Little Bear
Little Bear is an Arts District cafe known for pouring Belgian style imported and domestic beer on draught and for having a kitchen showcasing Belgian food favorites, but its cocktails shouldn’t be overlooked. This Friday, order The Paulita made with Hendrick’s Gin, lemon, lime, cucumber, tonic and lemonade for a traditional meets tart taste.
1855 Industrial St., Los Angeles; littlebearla.com; @littlebearla
Hibiscus Gin & Tonic at Filifera
For a pretty pink play on the classic, head up to Filifera which is perched on the 22nd story of Hollywood Proper Residences. On the menu you’ll find which the Hibiscus Gin & Tonic made with Broker’s English Gin, hibiscus flowers, Jamaican Peppercorn, dehydrated oranges and served a la espana over ice. Come for cocktail, stay for the views.
Hollywood Proper Residences, 1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles; Filiferahollywood.com; @filiferahollywood
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