THE DOUBLE-EDGED COCKTAIL: GOLDIE’S BATTERY PARK REIMAGINES A BAR STAPLE

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Some like bitter, others like sweet. Even in this day and age of trend complexity in cocktails, that dichotomy has guided bar managers and mixologists in the crafting of their menus to appeal to the palates of both the newb alcoholic consumptionist and the experienced drinker whose tastebuds no longer tolerate the juice-like composition of many a college cocktail. Even the most elitist of bars have a menu that varies in range from “this is how I imagine bug juice and gasoline tastes, and I like it” to “ah, saccharine nectar of the gods—I hope this still has some alcohol in it.

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So how to craft a cocktail that could please both the supposed male and female palates, whatever they may be?  Tradition dictates that the male favors the cocktail that lets the flavor of the liquor come through, while the female leans toward the cocktails whose sodas, juices, and syrups mask what can be perceived as an unsavory taste of alcohol. Though this gender-based dichotomy is arguably outdated, the fact still stands that crafting a cocktail that appeals to a broad spectrum of palates is no easy task.

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OBSESSED: A BEAUTIFUL MESS, OXBLOOD, AND CANDY

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We bring you a pretty big list today. Some old meeting new, some bloody ox, and a way to rot your teeth – sounds like a blast, right? Also, in #sonotobsessed we warn you of a sickness that is going around, one that left us in bed watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians for 2 days straight – we are sure they were to blame for the vomitting. Guess we’re a little masochistic.

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SHAWN HUCKINS
Totally obsessed with Shawn Huckins and the fact that he blended the old school with the new. What is greater than witnessing those folks stuck in paintings from the American Revolution using the text lingo of today?! While they are probably rolling over in their graves from the lack of grammar painted across their faces, this generation thoroughly enjoys it. I mean, lyke, c’mon. PS. His pieces will be exhibited at L2Kontemporary in LA as part of Ten Years Drawn starting November 16th.

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LEFTOVER/50% OFF HALLOWEEN CANDY
I shouldn’t have to explain why this is an obsession. You got dressed up, and if you were smart, you went door to door for free candy. Now, you will have a pillowcase full for weeks – or maybe days, either way, you did the right thing. If you didn’t trick-or-treat, fine, but now you need to make your way to the store and purchase the bags of candy that are now on sale. Your stomach may hate you, but we know unwrapping those itty bitty treats felt good at one point. That is really all that matters.

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DL&CO SEVEN DEADLY SINS PLATES
Thanksgiving is coming up, and if you are hosting a small dinner party, you should totes serve meals on these plates. What better way to discuss what you are thankful for while clearing your plate to reveal a sin you more than likely committed through the course of 2013? No, not a good idea? Whatever. If anything, they will be a conversation piece. And they just look really badass.

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OXBLOOD
We bring you another color for this installment: OXBLOOD. It’s the deep, dark red that’ll have you looking incredibly chic for fall – if the season ever makes its way to LA. To get this perfect color, it takes a few simple steps: find an ox, go to the desert, consume peyote, sacrifice the ox by draining all it’s blood and pray to Anna Wintour and Nick Wooster for their blessings on your #ootd posts. Wait, No. That doesn’t sound right. Well, whether you hand dye your clothing in actual ox blood or pick something out from your favorite brand, you’re autumnal wardrobe will be set with this color! #So2012 #StillNotOverit

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YOU SHOULDN’T DATE A GIRL WHO READS BY CHARLES WARNKE
“You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am.”
Sometimes we sit and wonder how to properly get our voice heard here in our office – and we mourn the fact that we cannot always come up with something so beautifully written – like this essay. All we have to say is, pick up a book and dream away lovers because life is nothing without some well put together prose.

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ABEAUTIFULMESS.COM
Do you need another reason to hate that you cannot DIY? Or that your home doesn’t look like a page torn from a catalogue? OR that you have yet to perfect that fancy cocktail or meal? You do, and the girls of A Beautiful Mess have got everything you need from a blog down to a science. They make DIYing look like a piece of cake, they make cake, and they give you tours of adorable homes. They also show off their super cute style and how to have parties like a pro. OH AND, they did a series of unique cocktails for their friends! How does it get any cuter than that? Anyway, check them out if you want ideas to put on your “to-do” list that will more than likely never get executed. We are guilty, but we go back for more.

CHILDISH GAMBINO FREESTYLE
First, he is a babe. Second, that has nothing to do with the greatness of this freestyle, we just had to get it off our chest. So back to him on with Sway in the Morning, rapping over Drake’s “Pound Cake,” and executing it with perfect effortlessness. Midway through the rap he breaks meter and discusses the power of money – while smoothly going back to rhyme. We can’t wait for his album to come out next month. We’re dyingggg.

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MIDI SKIRTS
While we enjoy seeing you rocking the minis and showing off those gorgeous gams, maybe it is time for a change. Take it back to the 1800s where the ankles we the most gawked at body part and find the perfect midi skirt. They are classic. They work for any body type and were basically made to be paired with some pointed stilettos. Our eyes have been on Tibi’s variety of full silk skirts (and the one leather one…gahhh) someone buy them for us ASAP.

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SNL AND ITS LACK OF DIVERSITY
Basically, get it together.

STOMACH FLU
Reason why we were not able to give you #Obsessed last week. It was killer. Use that hand sanitizer ALWAYS.

 

THE SCOOP: 10 RUM COCKTAILS TO TRY IN LA

If the only rum you drink is in a Captain Coke or is of the sickly-sweet-Malibu-rums variety, it may be time to kick the old college standbys and pick up a cocktail whose complexity can’t be compared to that of a goldfish.

We’re not saying you need to be devastatingly classy, but this Friday is National Rum Day, and while we’re starting to suspect that whoever is designating all these National Days has had a bit too much to drink (see our National Tequila Day list here), we could never pass on an excuse to channel our inner Jack Sparrow. Check out our list of lovingly crafted rum-based cocktails in LA, so you’ll never be asking, “But where is the rum?”

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The Jamaican Maroon at Le Ka

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Where: Le Ka | 800 W 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Price: $13
What’s in it:  Appleton Rum, Meletti Amaro, Velvet Falernum, orange bitters, cayenne salt and lemon peel

Spiced Mule
Where: Roger Room | 370 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048
Price: $14
What’s in it: Rum, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger juice, lime juice, cinnamon and club soda
http://www.therogerroom.com/

Parlay
Where: Plan Check Kitchen + Bar | 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Price: $12
What’s in it: Mt. Gay dark rum, coconut water, lime, orgeat, falernum, bitters
http://www.plancheckbar.com/

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Natural Daiquiri at Caña Rum Bar

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Where: Caña Rum Bar |  714 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
Price: $12
What’s in it: Caliché Puerto Rican Rum, fresh lime and raw sugar
http://213nightlife.com/canarumbar

Cucumber Hibiscus Mojito
Where: Dominick’s | 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, California 90048
Price: $11
What’s in it: Flor De Cana, lime juice, fresh cucumber and mint with housemade grenadine topped with soda
http://www.dominicksrestaurant.com/

Planter’s Punch
Where: Little Dom’s | 2128 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, 90027
Price: $11
What’s in it: Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, lime, hibuscus grenadine, orgeat, angostura and mint
http://littledoms.com/

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Hotel Nacional at The Eveleigh

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Where: Eveleigh | 8752 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Price: $12
What’s in it: Rum, Apricot Eau de Vie, fresh pineapple, lime and cane sugar
http://www.theeveleigh.com/bar/

The Zombie
Where: Bar 1886 at The Raymond |1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Price: $14
What’s in it: 3 kinds of Rum, passion fruit, lime, lemon, pineapple and demarara syrup
http://theraymond.com/

 

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Mango Mojito at La Sandia

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Where: La Sandia | 395 Santa Monica Pl Ste 305, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Price: $9.50
What’s in it: Castillo Rum, mango, mint and lime
http://www.richardsandoval.com/lasandiasm/

No Ordinary Joe
Where: The Spare Room |  7000 Hollywood Boulevard,Los Angeles, CA 90028
Price: $13
What’s in it: Caliché Puerto Rican Rum, espresso, mango, bitters, dry caramel and urfa biber
http://spareroomhollywood.com/

 

COCKTAIL RECIPE: GREEN TEA TODDY

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It’s freezing today you guys. Someone said it felt like Chicago, which is something I never thought I would have to feel. Cafes aren’t even bringing their chairs outside, and I don’t know anyone with a fireplace.

Thankfully, 1886 head-bartender Greg Gertmenian has just the recipe to combat this ridiculously inclement weather.

If you’ve already peeped the latest issue of LA CANVAS, then you might remember Greg’s Hot Chai Posset, which would also get the job done. But if you’re a big fan of green tea, or just a whiskey-fiend, chances are you’ll like this one even better.  The idea came from one of Greg’s regulars, who told him about how patrons at Japanese bars typically prefer bottle service and often order a pitcher of cold green tea and a bottle of whiskey to mix to their liking.

Inspired, Greg set out to find the right ingredients to make his own hot version of the mix. The key was  to find equally subtle elements that wouldn’t overwhelm each other; green tea will get aggressive if it steeps for too long, and whiskey can be very pungent. Ultimately, he found that Yamazaki 12-year, a smooth Japanese single-malt, was delicate enough to allow fresh, loose green tea to have its moment while delivering just enough bite. Raw honey and a spritz of lemon peel round-out the experience for drink that’s both cozy and refreshing.

RECIPE

1 ¼ oz Yamazaki 12 (Melandrose.com)

½ oz Raw Honey

1 Heaping Tablespoon Loose Green Tea (Try Birdpick)

Lemon Peel

 

First, heat your glass by pouring in boiled water and allowing it to sit. Empty it after a few minutes; pour in the whiskey and honey. Place the loose green tea in a strainer over the glass and pour boiled water on top, then continue to steep for about thirty seconds. Bend a lemon peel over the glass and coat the rim to infuse the oils. Leave as a garnish.

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