OK, at the risk of doing an Edison two-fer…. When I dropped by the Edison’s Radio Room last night, master mixologist Marcos Tello pulled me aside to let me know that they’re going to debut four new drinks tonight in time for summer.
Here they are lifted from the menu that’s fresh off the presses:
- La Luz Coctel ($13): Hand-pressed honeydew melon intensified with honey syrup, and shaken with fresh lime and Casa Noble Crystal. The Edison’s own seasonal variation on the classic “Tequila Daisy.”
- Amelie ($13): Strawberry and cucumber crushed with Ron Matusalem Classico, bitters, and touched with a bit of effervescence. The classic “champagne and strawberries” just in time for the long summer solstice.
- Brown Derby ($13): Woodford Reserve with clover honey and grapefruit. Originated at the Vendome Club, Hollywood, 1930, and is named after the famous hat-shaped restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. that opened in 1926.
- Mai Tai ($13): Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva kissed with almond syrup, curacao and fresh lime juice. This cocktail, whose extended name means “Out of this world, The Best” in Tahitian, and was created in 1944 by Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron.
Sure, they all sound kinda on the sweet side but you gotta love that ode to cocktail history, especially L.A. landmarks The Derby and Trader Vic’s. BTW I heard the La Luz Coctel described as a melon margarita. Hmmm. But Amelie sounds refreshing for hot nights, whenever those come around again.
108 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, California (map)