Want to give your next night out a splash of something special? Whether you like your drinks shaken or stirred, up or on the rocks, get inspired by these L.A. hot spots mixing up refreshing handcrafted cocktails:
1. Red O
Make it sweet at Red O with the La Rosita cocktail—shaken with Blue Ice Organic Vodka, fresh lemon, hibiscus syrup, and apple essence and served up in a sugar-rimmed glass.
Imaginative in both names and flavors, cocktails from Estrella include the Trouble Leaves Too Slow—made with rye, pumpkin butter, and tamarind chocolate bitters.
3. Preux & ProperFor a real refresher, try The West Side cocktail—made with Grey Goose Vodka, lime, Orgeat, cucumber, mint, and Angostura bitters—at Southern-style restaurant Preux & Proper.
4. The Hungry CatA slight twist on a classic cocktail, the Greyhound Proper at The Hungry Cat is sweet-bitter balance of Plymouth gin, grapefruit juice, and candied grapefruit.
5. The LarchmontInspired by an Old Fashioned but featuring tequila reposado, vanilla infusion, orange and lemon twists, and pecans, the Nueva Moda makes for a tasty sipper at The Larchmont.
6. Sunny SpotBrighten your day with a Pisco Punch at Sunny Spot, bursting with Pisco, habanero pineapple shrub, lemon-lime, and Angostura bitters.
7. Salt AirBreathe it all in at Salt Air while enjoying a refreshing Cobbler, made with Peychaud’s Bitters, Carpano Antica, lemon, and orange.
8. LukshonSoutheast Asian eatery Lukshon mixes up a Hot & Sour Gimlet with Monopolowa Vodka, dragon chile, lime, thai basil, and kinh gioi (a Vietnamese herb).
9. Caulfield's Bar and Dining RoomGet BlackLisTEAd in Beverly Hills with this signature drink at Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room, crafted with Maker’s Mark bourbon, blackberries, iced tea, mint, lemon, and peach bitters.
10. A-FrameOrder an Up in Smoke at A-Frame, with Vida Mezcal, Altos Tequila, lime, habanero, and pineapple.