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Fleurs d'été, Paley
Fleurs d'été, Paley
Crystal Coser

10 Fantastic LA Cocktails to Savor Before the Summer Sets

A Gerber baby food and tequila cocktail steals the show

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Fleurs d'été, Paley
| Crystal Coser

There's no arguing that Los Angeles is a boozy city, with a thoughtful cocktail program becoming just one more requisite addition to almost every new restaurant. At the peak of summer, beverage directors and cocktail maestros all over town turn to updated menus that reflect the refreshing drinks we all crave on leisurely afternoons, or over an evening meal with friends.

With everything from Gerber baby food-based tipples to updated takes on boozy classics, here are 10 cocktails you need to drink before summer turns to fall.

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1. New Pad Thai at Kali

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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What might be the most innovative new cocktail in LA, Kali’s New Pad Thai shocks your senses with a startling resemblance to pho broth. That flavor profile is developed by blending St. George green chili vodka with Aqua Perfecta, lime, and coconut ice. The generous garnish of bean sprouts adds to the likeness, and keeps the drink feeling crisp and refreshing. It’s a creative and thoughtful way to kick off what promises to be a standout meal.

2. Georgie Gerber at Georgie

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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You might have to hesitate a bit when it comes to ordering the Georgie Gerber, a cocktail that mixes tequila with Gerber’s peach baby food, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and egg white. Those reservations are understandable, but ultimately turn out to be unfounded. The peach puree pairs surprisingly well with the tequila, and with a balanced addition of acid, the drink is refreshing and rather addictive. Who knew liquor and baby food was a match made in cocktail heaven?

3. Sinatra and Chanel at Westbound

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300 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 262-9291
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The Art District scored a huge boon when Westbound opened at One Santa Fe. The lush, train car-inspired digs are a comfortable place to sip cocktails like the Sinatra and Chanel with whiskey, sour cherry bitters, and printed ice that makes cocktail nerds go wild.

4. Mass Effect at Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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Cocktail maven Ryan Wainwright (Terrine, Viviane) has hopped onboard Faith & Flower to work with Darwin Pornel on an ever-changing drink list. A standout on the new menu is the Mass Effect, an extraordinarily refreshing mix of mezcal, Ricard pastis, habanero, mint, pineapple, lime, and agave. With its fruity notes and pleasant addition of the anise-flavored spirit, the frosty libation seems to disappear moments after arriving at your table.

5. Sanborn at Sawyer

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3705 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(818) 458-8320
Prolific cocktail consultant Devon Espinosa developed a cocktail list perfect for sipping on Sawyers ever so pleasant patio. The most interesting of the bunch is the Sanborn, a blend of herb-infused fortified wine aperitif bonal, plus curacao, Thai basil, cucumber, and lime. The drink is vaguely reminiscent of iced tea, which makes the service in a tea cup that much more whimsical.

6. Barrel Aged Old Fashioned at Nobu

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903 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 657-5711
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Old Fashioneds aren’t in any sense groundbreaking. But what makes Nobu’s so interesting is the use of Kikori, a recently launched Japanese whiskey that isn’t made in the “Scotch style,” meaning distilled from malted barley or corn, like most, but is made from Japanese rice. The floral liquor is blended with Luxardo cherries and barrel aged to result in an easy drinking classic that dares you to just drink one.

7. Fleurs d'Ete at Paley

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6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 544-9430
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Paley’s newly launched seasonal libations feature the Fleurs d’été, French for summer flowers. The highly instagrammable concoction that blends calvados, aperol, lemon, honey, and ginger is topped with those dainty summer flowers. The refreshing libation with notes of apple and ginger taste exactly of the moment as summer turns to fall.

8. La Paloma at Salazar

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2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Aaron Melendrez’s (The Normandie Club, Walker Inn) cocktails are exactly what you want to be (day)drinking at Salazar’s outdoor oasis with ultra cool desert vibes. There’s spiked agua frescas and an excellent Paloma featuring Ancho Reyes and mezcal that’s spicy, smoky, and most importantly, extra boozy.
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9. The Bourbon at Kettle Black

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3705 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
+32 3 641 37 05
LA cocktail lead Damien Windsor paired up with Jordan Young to create a tight cocktail list named simply by its title liquor at Silver Lake’s hottest new restaurant Kettle Black. The bourbon blends di sarrano, taro-gobo cordial, tea, and lemon with the whiskey to compose a drink that is nicely gingery and fruitier than you would anticipate.

10. Tongue Twister at Norah

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8279 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 450-4211
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In what has become the hottest new girls night out destination, Norah, with its gorgeous design and expansive bar, has all the cocktails needed to keep the party going all night long. A favorite on the list is the Tongue Twister, a savory and sweet blend of Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and white peach puree that is given bitter complexity by Punt e Mes. Topped off with lemon juice, Thai basil, and Regans orange bitters, it has all the elements to please just about anyone.

1. New Pad Thai at Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
What might be the most innovative new cocktail in LA, Kali’s New Pad Thai shocks your senses with a startling resemblance to pho broth. That flavor profile is developed by blending St. George green chili vodka with Aqua Perfecta, lime, and coconut ice. The generous garnish of bean sprouts adds to the likeness, and keeps the drink feeling crisp and refreshing. It’s a creative and thoughtful way to kick off what promises to be a standout meal.
5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

2. Georgie Gerber at Georgie

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
You might have to hesitate a bit when it comes to ordering the Georgie Gerber, a cocktail that mixes tequila with Gerber’s peach baby food, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and egg white. Those reservations are understandable, but ultimately turn out to be unfounded. The peach puree pairs surprisingly well with the tequila, and with a balanced addition of acid, the drink is refreshing and rather addictive. Who knew liquor and baby food was a match made in cocktail heaven?
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

3. Sinatra and Chanel at Westbound

300 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90013
The Art District scored a huge boon when Westbound opened at One Santa Fe. The lush, train car-inspired digs are a comfortable place to sip cocktails like the Sinatra and Chanel with whiskey, sour cherry bitters, and printed ice that makes cocktail nerds go wild.
300 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. Mass Effect at Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cocktail maven Ryan Wainwright (Terrine, Viviane) has hopped onboard Faith & Flower to work with Darwin Pornel on an ever-changing drink list. A standout on the new menu is the Mass Effect, an extraordinarily refreshing mix of mezcal, Ricard pastis, habanero, mint, pineapple, lime, and agave. With its fruity notes and pleasant addition of the anise-flavored spirit, the frosty libation seems to disappear moments after arriving at your table.
705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. Sanborn at Sawyer

3705 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Prolific cocktail consultant Devon Espinosa developed a cocktail list perfect for sipping on Sawyers ever so pleasant patio. The most interesting of the bunch is the Sanborn, a blend of herb-infused fortified wine aperitif bonal, plus curacao, Thai basil, cucumber, and lime. The drink is vaguely reminiscent of iced tea, which makes the service in a tea cup that much more whimsical.
3705 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Barrel Aged Old Fashioned at Nobu

903 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Old Fashioneds aren’t in any sense groundbreaking. But what makes Nobu’s so interesting is the use of Kikori, a recently launched Japanese whiskey that isn’t made in the “Scotch style,” meaning distilled from malted barley or corn, like most, but is made from Japanese rice. The floral liquor is blended with Luxardo cherries and barrel aged to result in an easy drinking classic that dares you to just drink one.
903 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Fleurs d'Ete at Paley

6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Paley’s newly launched seasonal libations feature the Fleurs d’été, French for summer flowers. The highly instagrammable concoction that blends calvados, aperol, lemon, honey, and ginger is topped with those dainty summer flowers. The refreshing libation with notes of apple and ginger taste exactly of the moment as summer turns to fall.
6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. La Paloma at Salazar

2490 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Blake Marquis
Aaron Melendrez’s (The Normandie Club, Walker Inn) cocktails are exactly what you want to be (day)drinking at Salazar’s outdoor oasis with ultra cool desert vibes. There’s spiked agua frescas and an excellent Paloma featuring Ancho Reyes and mezcal that’s spicy, smoky, and most importantly, extra boozy.
2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

9. The Bourbon at Kettle Black

3705 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
LA cocktail lead Damien Windsor paired up with Jordan Young to create a tight cocktail list named simply by its title liquor at Silver Lake’s hottest new restaurant Kettle Black. The bourbon blends di sarrano, taro-gobo cordial, tea, and lemon with the whiskey to compose a drink that is nicely gingery and fruitier than you would anticipate.
3705 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Tongue Twister at Norah

8279 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
In what has become the hottest new girls night out destination, Norah, with its gorgeous design and expansive bar, has all the cocktails needed to keep the party going all night long. A favorite on the list is the Tongue Twister, a savory and sweet blend of Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, and white peach puree that is given bitter complexity by Punt e Mes. Topped off with lemon juice, Thai basil, and Regans orange bitters, it has all the elements to please just about anyone.
8279 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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