L.A. is swarming with award-winning mixologists—and they have some seriously impressive mocktail recipes to boot. Here, we round up four of the area’s top drink recipes.
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THE PINA MARGARITA
Botanica, Silverlake; Farmshop, Brentwood
2 oz. Optimist Botanicals Smokey 2 to 4 slices serrano pepper, seeds removed (or not, if you like the heat) 2 oz. pineapple juice ½ oz. lime juice ½ oz. simple syrup
Muddle serrano in a shaker, gently crushing it. Add remaining ingredients and ice; shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and serve immediately, garnishing with additional serrano coins for extra heat.
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YE OLD FASHIONED
Nic’s on Beverly, West Hollywood
2 oz. Free Spirits The Spirit of Bourbon ½ oz. Jason Eisner’s cola reduction 1 dash angostura bitters Expressed orange oil
Place The Spirit of Bourbon, cola reduction and angostura bitters in a cocktail mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a double rocks glass and add fresh ice. Cut a swath of orange peel and express orange oil over the top of the cocktail. Using a bamboo pick, stab an amarena or Luxardo cherry and garnish by poking through the center of a dehydrated orange wheel.
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Bar Restaurant, Silver Lake
2 oz. Ghia 1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. sparkling water ½ oz. agave simple syrup A few sprigs of fresh mint for muddling and garnish 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
In a shaker glass, add mint, agave simple syrup and lime juice, then muddle all together until the mint starts changing the color of the liquid. Add Ghia and a scoop of ice. Shake well and vigorously. Pour into a highball glass. Top off with some sparkling water and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Drink endlessly.
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Margot, Culver City
1 ½ oz. Seedlip Spice 94 1 oz. grapefruit juice ½ oz. lime juice ½ oz. ginger syrup
Tonic water Grapefruit or dehydrated lime, for garnish
Add all ingredients and a few pieces of crushed ice to your cocktail shaker. Shake until the ice is gone and pour all contents into a glass filled with crushed ice. Top with a tonic float and garnish.