Forget waiting until fall for new cocktails to drink. The Alcove’s Big Bar Los Feliz just debuted its brand-new midsummer cocktail menu. Bartender Dan Long said he was inspired by the bar/restaurant’s expansive patio, which is perfect for brunch and those Monday movie nights. These “Patio drinks” — tasty takes on daiquiris, Negronis and even gin & tonics — are meant to complement sunny days and sultry nights, which, as we know in L.A. can last through October.
My favorite was the Belanda Cocktail (above) which mates the barrel-aged Bols Genever to apricot brandy and East India Sherry for something reminiscent of a malty, apricot-y Manhattan that will just warm the cockles of your heart. More for ending the night than sipping on a hot day, unless you plan to take a nap soon after in which case it’s perfect.
Not surprisingly, I also loved the St. Anne’s Helper (say that name fast when ordering for a naughty, little kid giggle) which, too, is a satisfying Manhattan-esque sipper. But favorites on the lighter side here include the Gin & Tonic cocktail and the Selero Gin Fizz, Dan’s alternative to a brunch cocktail.
The Fizz is based on a cocktail he did for another place he used to work at. “They were playing around with celery for the summer and I saw that drink with the chartreuse and the honey, and I really thought that celery would go great with it so started playing around, came up with the Fizz. And I’m really happy with it. I think it’s really tasty.” Dan recommends that imbibers take their first sip through the straw and then stir it up getting the ground celery in there and drinking through the foam. I’m not a fan of celery but I must say this was an excellent light cocktail; so summery and fresh.
Anyhoo, here’s a photo gallery of the new midsummer specialty patio drinks now available.
For a substantial drink rundown, check out this post by booze blogger Chuck Taggart who was at this hosted tasting, too, along with Thirsty in LA and Gourmet Pigs.
Big Bar Los Feliz at Alcove Cafe
1929 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90027 (map)
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