Win Tickets to Nights With Neve Cocktail Party

Tomatoes and ice by Caroline on Crack

Tomatoes and ice


Win a pair of tickets to a “Nights With Neve Ice” cocktail party at Osteria La Buca. You’ll want these babies (worth $60). At this event in the cozy Italian restaurant on Melrose, not only will you get to enjoy that fancy, luxury ice by Michel Dozois (formerly of Comme Ca and STK) that’s featured in the cocktails at the Hollywood Roosevelt Library Bar and Bottega Louie, but four “Italian Gypsy”-inspired specialty cocktails created by Michel and Steve Livigni, general manager of La Descarga. And for each cocktail, Osteria La Buca’s Chef Alberto Lazzarino, will pair a beautiful bite to go with it.

Tickets to the event are available for $30 per person and include food, live music and the four cocktails (it’s $8 for each additional cocktail). That’s still quite a deal even if you don’t win tickets here. Reservations are required so email Michel at md [at]

Want to try your luck at the contest anyway? All you have to do is come up with your own name for an Italian cocktail. I tried it on Drago Centro’s spring cocktail menu armed with only an English-Italian online translator and I think I did pretty well. You don’t have to make up your own recipe or anything complex like that, just give me a name and include the English translation. And if you’re so inclined, why that would be the name of your cocktail. Just don’t give me the Italian translation of a cocktail name that already exists, capiche? But you can rename your favorite cocktail. Like, I’d call the Manhattan “Nettare Delizioso” — delicious nectar.

OK so how do you win these tickets? Just do the following:

  1. Leave a comment below with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) and your Twitter handle as well as your Italian cocktail name. There is no right answer, I?m just curious.
  2. Tweet this: ?I need a drink @carolineoncrack! Gimme tix 2 Nights w/ @NeveIce @OsteriaLaBuca!”

Submit your entries by this Thursday at 1pm and then I’ll use the randomizer to pick a winner, which will be announced the next day. Buona fortuna!

POST EDIT: The winner’s cocktail name will be applied to one of the evening’s cocktails! Go to the jump to see the drink ingredients of each of Michel and Steve’s drinks. Names have been omitted for this contest.

EVENT: TUESDAY, APRIL 27 from 7 to 10pm

Osteria La Buca
5210 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90038 (map)
Twitter: @NeveIce and @OsteriaLaBuca

Steve Livigni cocktails :

  • Cocktail #1: Dimmi Italian Liqueur, vodka, lemon juice, melon juice, prosecco
  • Cocktail #2: Zaya Rum, Averna Amaro, blood orange juice, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, super fine sugar

Michel Dozois cocktails:

  • Cocktail #3: Scotch blended, Carpano Antica, Cynar
  • Cocktail #4: Carpano Antica, whiskey, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white
18 Responses to Win Tickets to Nights With Neve Cocktail Party
  1. xochilt
    April 19, 2010 | 9:03 am

    Twitter name: xr0d
    italian cocktail name: Bella Flor-tini

  2. Marissa M.
    April 19, 2010 | 10:05 am

    Italian cocktail name: Silenzio Dolce (Grey Goose L’Orange over ice)
    Name: Marissa M.
    Twitter: @marissamed

  3. Jessica
    April 19, 2010 | 10:12 am

    My drink is the rinfresco di menta “minty refreshing”

  4. Daniel
    April 19, 2010 | 11:16 am

    twitter: DJLaiblin

    drink: Limoncello Martini

  5. Noelle
    April 19, 2010 | 11:18 am

    Trying to come up with a fancy and true name. I fell in love with a bastardized gin drink, so I’ll use that:
    Basilico della fragola (I like that!)
    Gin with strawberries & basil


  6. Julianne Lee
    April 19, 2010 | 11:53 am

    Drink name: Dolce Calabrone (Sweet Bumble Bee)

  7. sunnie
    April 19, 2010 | 12:33 pm

    allentato labbra- loose lips (for a margarita cuz you drink those and for sure your lips loosen up and secrets are revealed!)


  9. Michael / South Bay Foodies
    April 19, 2010 | 4:18 pm


    I have to go with cocktail #4. The whiskey is key but the egg white has me curious! I’m calling it the “Shiny Egg”: Uovo Lucido. (as in moon-shine!)

  10. Mark
    April 19, 2010 | 7:27 pm


    Italian cocktail: Il rimorso del Dago
    “The Dago’s Remorse”
    1 oz light rum (Cruzan)
    1 oz dark Jamaican rum (Myers or Coruba)
    1 oz unsweetened pineapple juice
    3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
    1/4 oz. simple syrup or warm honey
    1 oz. Amaretto

    (I’m the Dago and drinking enough of this produces some real remorse)

  11. Kat
    April 19, 2010 | 7:59 pm

    Cocktail # 1 – Il limone Gorgoglia (Lemon Bubbles)

  12. Chris
    April 20, 2010 | 1:26 am

    twitter: doctorbyday
    drink: “Il papa cappello” (The Pope’s Hat)

  13. Samantha Henry
    April 21, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    twitter: Supersam
    drink: Inspired by the Saffronic at Library –
    Colore giallo pieno (Mellow Yellow)

  14. michelle
    April 21, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    seducalo – seduce cocktail

    that’s what i want a sexy italian to do to me whilst i’m drinking this dreamy cocktail.

    i know i know, keep this g rated! 🙂

  15. […] blood orange juice, Nocello Walnut Liqueur, super fine sugar), which was named by the winner of my contest, @marissamed. Yay, Marissa! The Silenzio had a rim of sugar but surprisingly wasn’t as sweet […]