Category Archives: Cocktails

Tonight: Cana Rum Bar Fall Cocktail Menu Debuts

Cana Rum Bar's New Fall Cocktails by Caroline on Crack

Tonight Cana Rum Bar debuts its brand-new fall cocktail menu (see below) which will not only bring back crowd favorite, the Pumpkin Colada, but will also feature a new ice cream cocktail which uses a Manhattan ice cream! This takes the place of my summertime favorite, Schoolyard Crush, which was made with a housemade Angostura…

Get Your Cocktail Fix at LA Times The Taste’s Pop-Up Bars

LA Times The Taste by Caroline on Crack

Food events usually have lots to drink for oenophiles, leaving avid cocktail lovers, well, thirsty. Unfair! But fortunately at this weekend’s LA Times’ The Taste, in addition to a “secret cocktail lab,” there will be “pop-up bars” featuring some of your favorite L.A. bartenders and their specialty drinks. Each bar will spotlight a sponsored spirit with the…

Negroni Week Jell-O Shots, Pixie Sticks and Campari Ice Cubes

The Varnish's Negroni Jell-O Shots from The Varnish

Negroni Week is almost up, people! So better get on it asap! There aren’t just Negroni cocktails out there but crazy variations. Here are just a few of what’s available. Happy drinking! The Varnish downtown will be doing Negroni Jell-O shots through Sunday at $2 a jiggly shot and 50 percent of the proceeds will go…

What To Drink at New Skybar LA Pop-Up Sayulita

Sayulita cocktail by Caroline on Crack

The last time I went to Skybar LA at the Mondrian on Sunset Boulevard was during the 2012 Blogger Barhop. And my experience then was…not good, turning me off of that bar, for what I thought was at the time, forever. But this summer the hotel has saw fit to redo not only its communal…

Sneak Peek: New Cocktails at AOC, Lucques and Tavern

Barman Christiaan Rollich by Caroline on Crack

This week AOC, Lucques and Tavern will debut a slew of cocktails by head barman Christiaan Rollich. Now, I’ve said this before but I really love Christiaan’s work. He’s a natural talent and his unusual housemade ingredients work seamlessly to bring his reinvented classic cocktails to a new level. (For this season’s round of new…

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas for Singles and Couples

Happy Valentine's Day! Photo by Eugene Lee

If you’re like me, big time procrastinator, you still have no idea what you’re going to do tonight. If you really don’t want to stay in with your Ben & Jerry’s or whatever your comfort food is, here are some places you can just show up tonight, single or not, and have a fun Valentine’s…

My Top 50 Favorite Drinks of 2013

21. Matthew Biancaniello's Uno Dos Tres by Caroline on Crack

For me, 2013 was an uh-mazing year for boozing it up.  A lot of awesome bars opened up in L.A.  — like Honeycut and Scopa — I went on a bar hop through Seattle, New York and Vegas, in addition to a whale of a blogger barhop I planned with cocktail ringmaster Aidan Demarest. Hit…

Filipino Cocktails for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Benefit Sunday

Nick Meyer's Filipino Cocktail

UPDATE: There’s now a cocktails-only option! For $30, you get a drinks-only wristband that gets you unlimited #LALovesPI cocktails as well as the option to get a la carte dishes for an additional $5 each!  When I wrote this LA Mag post on Filipino cocktails I was surprised by the attention it got. But that…

What Do World Class Cocktailians Drink?

Jeff Bell and David Rios by Caroline on Crack

Earlier this week U.S. Bartender of the Year Jeff Bell and World Class Global Winner David Rios of Spain did a private happy hour at Honeycut downtown to promote the launch of Travel Channel’s “World’s Best Bartender.” I had the chance to ask Jeff for tips on how to throw a stress-free holiday cocktail party, which…

New Fall Cocktail Roundup: Pistachio Coladas, Pumpkin Adult Shakes and a Matthew Biancaniello Recipe

Larry's Real Voodoo Stuff by Moretti Photo

This weather is crazy. 84 degrees in the day time and dipping down to brrrr! 57 degrees at night. You gotta love autumn in L.A., though, where our trees don’t signal the change in season but our drinks do. And at this moment our bartenders are transitioning from those light, poolside libations to flavorful sippers…