Another L.A. Summer is Here / It’s Really, Really Hot Here Pt. 2

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I learned how to make cocktails the other day.

FROM THE DESK OF: Nina

This week we welcomed the first week of summer, and along with that came some stupidly high temperatures that have been making me wonder how I ever wore pants or a jacket or any cold-weather item of clothing ever in this sunny city.

Translation? It’s summer, it’s hot, I want to stay cool… and, adding onto that, I am very thirsty. Like, all the time.

But what to drink during this blistering heat wave? Water is obviously my drink of choice, but that’s kind of boring… so what about those times when I feel like being, well, not boring?

I recently took a craft cocktail making class at Greenbar Craft Distillery, L.A.’s first operating distillery since the Prohibition era, and after a few experiments there I think I left with a decent repertoire of cocktails that I’m pretty sure would be just the thing to quench my thirst during these not-so-boring moments.

Here are a few to get this summer started.

#1: The Cinespia Picnic Potion

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Perfect thing to sip while you’re sitting in a famous cemetery watching movies.

Okay, so this isn’t one of the drinks I made during the class… but it is one of the first cocktails I have ever attempted to make. I have to warn you, though – it’s a little different every time I make it, so you may need to do some modifying to adjust to your taste level.

  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 3-5 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • club soda

Muddle strawberries in a glass. Throw the mint sprigs in.

Add ice, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Pour into a shaker and shake, shake, shake that bad boy like a Polaroid picture.

Pour into a clean glass, using a strainer to make sure all the mushy stuff doesn’t make it into the final product. Top with some club soda. Guzzle up while watching some cult classics in an old Hollywood cemetery.

#2: The Sweet Pea

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A road soda to kick-start your outdoor drinking excursions this summer.

Sweet peas are symbols of sheer bliss and good memories, and that’s kind of what this drink evokes. Refreshing and sweet, the Sweet Pea kind of tastes like a boozy pink lemonade that packs a gentle punch of ginger.

  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced
  • 3-5 mint leaves
  • 2 oz. lemon vodka (for best results, use TRU Organic)
  • 1 oz. ginger liqueur (fruitlab is the best, in my opinion)
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • dash of simple syrup (to taste)

Muddle strawberries in a glass. Throw the mint sprigs in.

Add ice, lemon vodka, lemon juice, ginger liqueur and a dash of simple syrup. Pour into a shaker and shake what yer mama gave ya.

Pour into a clean glass, using a strainer to make sure all the mushy stuff doesn’t make it into the final product. Drink chilled or pour over shaved ice to make a boozy snow cone.

#3: The Summer Dreamsicle

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It was all a dream… sicle.

Dreamsicle, 50/50 Bar, Orange Dream Bar… whatever you call it, this drink is the booziful version of those orange popsicles filled with ice cream. It’s that childhood favorite, reimagined for the adult kidult version of you.

  • 3-5 mint leaves
  • 1 small piece of celery (optional… it can counter the sweetness nicely, but up to you if you wanna add it)
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka (once again, TRU Organic is the best… do ittt)
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 cup shaved ice

If you opt for the celery, muddle that ish at the bottom of a glass first.

Then, add ice, vanilla vodka, lemon juice, orange liqueur and a dash of simple syrup. Pour into a shaker and shake, shake, shake, shake , shuh-kuh-shake shake.

Pack 1 cup of shaved ice into a cone or ice cream bowl. Pour the concoction over the ice. Bam – you got a boozy Dreamsicle.

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Drink up and happy summer!

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2 thoughts on “Another L.A. Summer is Here / It’s Really, Really Hot Here Pt. 2”

    1. So I realize I dropped off with replying to comments awhile ago… oops. Sorry for getting to this just now! I’m sure there will be plenty of times in the future when I can make these drinks 🙂

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