Whether you’re catching up with old friends or making new ones, ordering these sips will prove you have good taste
Words by PHOEBE DOHENY and MARIE LOOK
The unexpected flavors of Blanche Armagnac (a French brandy), smoky mezcal, lemon, pineapple, blueberry grappa and sweet basil mingle harmoniously in this drink at the newly opened Pearl Social. 131 Anacapa St., Ste. B, Santa Barbara, 805-284-0380.
At S.F.’s Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar at the Fairmont, try this rum-based recipe purloined from Kuala Lumpur, with bittersweet tropical flavors. 950 Mason St., S.F. 415-772-5278.
Isle of Capri
Stop by The Pony Room at cozy Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe for a lobster slider washed down with a mezcal and black walnut liqueur margarita. 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858-756-1123.
The dimly lit interior of The Giannini bar at The Nomad Hotel in DTLA makes for a perfect date. Treat your paramour to this sleek kombucha-based Cali classic. 649 S. Olive St., L.A. 213-358-0000.
Like a Heat Wave
San Diego’s Fifth & Rose at The Pendry is a slice of Manhattan in SoCal with a list to match. This fiery cocktail of tequila, cucumber and jalapeno is a must-sip. 550 J. St., San Diego, 619-738-7050.
Born out of a special collaboration between spirit maker Mezcal Creyente and celebrity-approved luxury spirituality company Glacce, this cocktail at Santa Monica Proper Hotel is made with mezcal, bianco vermouth and Aperol, and arrives in a crystal-charged rocks glass for extra feel-good vibes. 700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-620-9990.
Feature image: The Unheard Melody cocktail at PEARL SOCIAL.
This story originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2019 Men’s Edition of C Magazine and has been updated as of Oct. 30, 2019.
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