Warm weather cocktail ideas? Jarritos just sent me some sodapop, and I want to booze it up to make some icy cocktails on this hot L.A. day. Suggestions?
SPONSORED POST: VEEV Açaí Spirits at Dinner With A Twist
VEEV invited L.A. Foodie to eat and drink our way through the very tasty Dinner With A Twist event. What’s more L.A. than a swanky cocktail party on a Hollywood backlot? That’s exactly what this past Saturday evening event was. We enjoyed drinks that have brought Southern California’s cutting-edge cocktail culture into a golden age and unique dishes from the city’s hottest chefs. Some of our favorites are below.
Cocktails by VEEV, of course!
Crispy Pork Belly from Church Key.
Duck Ravioli from Michael’s On Naples.
Corn Flan from Craig’s Restaurant.
If you want to mix up your own VEEV cocktails at home, here are recipes for a couple of the tasty libations that we enjoyed at Dinner With A Twist.
1.5 oz VEEV
5 -7 muddled blueberries
.75 oz lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Shake and strain into Collins glass
Top with soda
Garnish with blueberries and a thyme sprig
1.75 oz VEEV
.5 oz orange liquor (Combier)
.5 oz Campari or aperol
.5 oz lemon juice
Collins glass, top with soda and orange peel
VEEV is not ordinary, nor do we want it to be. We have high standards for how we make the product as well as the premium ingredients we use. VEEV 2.0 is made at our award-winning distillery in Rigby, Idaho and is handcrafted and distilled in small batches to ensure that it has the best taste and flavor possible. We combine locally sourced ingredients like Rocky Mountain spring water from the Snake River and Idaho Winter Wheat with organic açai from Brazil and other natural flavors (cherry, prickly pear) to ensure that we are using the best premium ingredients possible without adding any artificial sugars, colors or chemical preservatives.
Some seriously classy cups, spotted in Southern Missouri at Silver Dollar City.
What the what?! This insane bloody mary from Sobelman’s Pub & Grill in Milwaukee just happens to have an entire fried chicken in it.
The cool, refreshing, very boozy Hippopota-maitai from Trader Sam’s Tiki Hut at the Disneyland hotel.
This jar of Ole Smoky moonshine just landed on my doorstep! Shots! Cheers!
Makaha Maggie #margarita with house made #pineapple infused #tequila and #GrandMarnier. #sponsored #spon #cocktails #drinks #foodporn #lunch (at Islands Westchester)
Best Holiday Cocktails in LA
Our friends over at The Huffington Post have created a pretty extensive list of the best holiday cocktails around LA. However, as previously stated, my love for gingerbread knows no bounds, so the Bourbon County Lullaby with its Bulleit bourbon, gingerbread bitters, and vanilla bean sounds about as rad as they come. Check it out at Larry’s in Venice.
Check out The Huffington Post’s article here, and below are the rest of the drinks:
The Federal Bar — North Hollywood
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. The place has a relaxed and fun vibe. We tried several cocktails and menu items, and the clear winners for our party were an appetizer and a side dish: the Mac N’ Cheese (with vintage cheddar, chorizo, and broccoli) and the Bacon Brussel Sprouts (with goat cheese and balsamic). We also enjoyed the Sriracha Chicken Bao but mostly stayed away from the Maple-Glazed Sweet Potato Tots, which came off way too sweet.
For our main courses, we had Buffalo Chicken Pizza, a Federal Burger, and the Fennel Braised Short Rib. They were all good options for a night out drinking in North Hollywood.
Although I’m not a beer person, I tried the Abita Purple Haze and absolutely loved it. The cocktails were strong and delicious, but a tad too sweet for me. We finished off our meal with a beer float (my first) made with Old Rasputin and Chocolate Ice Cream. It blew my mind. Thank you to our awesome waitress and everyone at Federal Bar!
(Photos by Michael Scott)
Nic’s “Ode to Vintage Beverly Hills”
Hello everybody, Agata here. I’m a new Los Angeles resident and L.A. Foodie contributor.
Last week, I attended an event at Nic’s Beverly Hills, a fancy food and cocktail lounge in Beverly Hills (obviously). When I received the invite describing the owner as a “vodkateur”, my interest was piqued. It is kind of a life goal of mine to be considered a professional in something involving vodka, so I figured I could learn something from this man. After some Googling, I found out this restaurant has something called a VODBOX, a freezer filled with many different bottles of vodka for sampling aka “heaven”.
After some initial confusion, we got seated at a table with a couple of nice gentlemen who enjoyed an evening of many cocktails and delicious food with us. Between my photographer and me, we tried a rather large number of cocktails. I’d recommend the From Russia With Love (Jewel of Russia vodka+strawberries+champagne float) for people who like sweeter drinks, Nic’s Martini (Beluga Vodka, straight up with Nic’s Bella Olive) for people who like VERY STRONG straight up martinis, and “What a nice pear you have” (Grey Goose le Poire vodka with pear juice+shaved parmesan) for people looking for something unique and interesting.