Fa-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA…. It’s no secret the Los Angeles cocktail scene has got it going on. If you live in Tinseltown, or are headed there for the holidays, here are 12 special and festive cocktails to celebrate the season!
Created by Garrett McKechnie
Eggnog does not get much better than when Bar Mattachine Partner Garrett McKechnie is shaking it up! A New England signature recipe of creamy eggnog crafted by McKechnie’s friend and colleague Eloise Humphrey (Proprietor of El Camino Cantina in Brunswick, Maine), El’s Nog is mixed with Cognac, Jamaican rum and rye.
Bar Mattachine will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th and Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am; 221 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014; 213.278.0471; facebook.com/BarMattachine Photo courtesy of Bar Mattachine
Spiced Chocolate Chip ‘N’ Fig Bear Republic Stout Float
Created by Michael “Mick” Schepers
A delicious mixture of velvety Bear Republic Black Stout poured over creamy spiced chocolate chip and fig frozen custard, the Spiced Chocolate Chip ‘N’ Fig Bear Republic Stout Float is a delightful indulgence to toast to the holiday season!
Red Wine Sangria
Created by Michael “Mick” Schepers
Savor a little fresh winter citrus and enjoy the Red Wine Sangria, a refreshingly vibrant red sipper topped with fresh-cut fruit, served over ice in a wine glass with a bright citrus garnish.
HACHÉ LA will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; 3319 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026; 323.928.2963; www.hachela.com Photo courtesy of HACHÉ LA
Created by Carolos Tomazos
In ancient Greek mythology, Hades deceived a beautiful Greek goddess into becoming the Queen of the Underworld with the offer of luscious red pomegranate seeds. Just as tempting, the Persephone is a fizzy cocktail made with Champagne, pomegranate juice, lemon and fresh thyme, that is so alluring, you will not be able to resist indulging in a few fizzy flutes!
Inotheke will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th for Lunch from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and Dinner from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; 606 Broadway Avenue, Suite 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401; 310.458.3366; www.inotheke.com Photo: acuna-hansen
Oaxacan Blood Winter
Created by Brian Klemm
For a supple and hearty warm-up during the holiday season, there is no better remedy than the Oaxacan Blood Winter, with a floating garnish of star anise.
Mag House’s Bad Ass Coffee
Created by Brian Klemm
Luscious and dreamy, Mag House’s Bad Ass Coffee, is a creamy elixir of rum, Ancho chili, cinnamon, cream, and coffee with a sexy Holland red chili garnish that is shaken up tableside in a silver thermos. This balanced drink with a hint of spice from Bar Manager Brian Klemm is so delicious, it cannot go without saying: Once you go “badass,” you will never want to go back to your morning java routine!
Magnolia House will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th from 4:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; 492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101; 626.584.1121; www.themaghouse.com Photo Credit: acuna-hansen
SPARE TIRE KITCHEN & TAVERN:
Apple Strudel Dessert Martini
Created by Executive Chef Isaias Peña
Fresh baked apple pie has nothing on this Apple Strudel Martini. This dessert in a glass is crafted with muddled apples, Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, Rum Chata, pineapple juice and served in a martini glass dusted with a cinnamon-sugar rim for $12.00.
Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern will be closed on Christmas Eve, Thursday December 24th and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th, but will be open and offering Christmas specials on Saturday, December 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 am and Sunday, December 27th from 11:30 am to 12:00 Midnight; 5370 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036; 323.525.2618; www.sparetirepub.com Photo courtesy of Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
SOLITA TACOS & MARGARITAS – VALENCIA:
Created by Colin Pflugradt
The classic horchata with a little added kick! Crafted by Bar Director Colin Pflugradt, the Horchata Cocktail is a spiced libation that is shaken up with Agavales blanco tequila, 1921 Crema De Tequila, and freshly ground cinnamon.
solita Tacos & Margaritas Valencia will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, with the bar remaining open until 12:00 Midnight and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 3470, Valencia, CA 91355; 661.291.1399; www.solitatacos.com Photo: Moretti Photo
THE RAYMOND 1886:
Created by Peter Lloyd Jones
The Donner’s Dash is a tasty liquid treat from Barman Peter Lloyd-Jones that is mixed up with Cognac, rye, all-spice, homemade honey syrup and coffee infused with cream and cinnamon and may just be the merriest way to celebrate Christmas!
Kafka On The Shore
Created by Peter Lloyd-Jones & Pastry Chef Eliot Pardo
Cocktail plus cookie equals a very Merry Christmas indeed! Barman Peter Lloyd-Jones is mixing up the Kafka On The Shore, crafted with Japanese pear-infused Tito’s vodka, almond avocado milk, lime, simple syrup and egg whites, accompanied by a gin-gerbread cookie garnish baked up by Pastry Chef Eliot Pardo.
The Raymond 1886 will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24th for Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm and Christmas Eve Dinner reservations will be taken from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; A credit card will be required for all Christmas Eve Dinner reservations with a 48 hour cancellation policy; 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.theraymond.com Photo courtesy of The Raymond 1886
TIPPLE & BRINE:
Created by AJ Korchak
Before going home to wait for Santa, gift yourself a cocktail (or two) from Bar Manager AJ Korchak and sip on creative libations like the Mo-Fashion, crafted with Dickel rye whiskey, triple bitters blend, Maraschino Liqueur, lemon and an orange twist.
Tipple & Brine will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and closed on Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th; 14633 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403; 818.528.2580; www.TippleandBrine.com Photo courtesy of Tipple & Brine
Created by Anthony Settecase
Bar Director Anthony Settecase marries classic Christmas flavors of eggnog and a hot toddy with the Noggy Toddy, a creamy mixture of Atlantico reserve rum, allspice, honey syrup, whole egg and cinnamon.
The Venice Whaler will be open on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th from 11:00 am to 2:00 am and Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th from 9:00 am to 2:00 am; 10 West Washington Boulevard, Venice, CA 90292; 310.821.8737; www.venicewhaler.com Photo courtesy of the Venice Whaler