Category Archives: Cocktails

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…

What Was Your First Favorite Cocktail?

White Russians by Caroline on Crack

Every drinker had to start somewhere. That first favorite cocktail that set them on the long road to boozing. That mixed drink that back then they’d proudly order at those first few bars, but now they may hang their head in embarrassment.  But they shouldn’t be ashamed. Back then we started drinking for different reasons,…

My New York Bars 2013 Drinking Itinerary

Giuseppe Gonzalez New York Bars by Caroline on Crack

So excited! Tomorrow I’m heading out to New York City after having been away for four years. Not surprisingly a lot has changed since that visit with even more must-do bars to add to my list, like this year’s Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award winner Dead Rabbit. Sam Ross also opened up a new…