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Best Fall & Winter Cocktails

November 6, 2013 5:00 AM

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(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)


In Southern California, while our leaves may not change color when the seasons change from Summer to Fall, our cocktails do. We start sipping on cocktails featuring the warm, earthy hues of pumpkin, persimmon, pears, apples and figs. These new Autumn-inspired creations remind us of fireplaces, the approaching holidays, and pair well with heartier dishes. So, if you’re in a festive Fall mood, head over to these great L.A. spots and enjoy some comforting concoctions.

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)


Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Pl
ace
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com

For a Fig-inspired libation, the restaurant’s seasonal Fig & Walnut Julep cocktail incorporates muddled Black Mission Figs alongside Bourbon, St. Germain, and Grated Walnut for a unique autumn cocktail. If you’re not into figs, make sure to try their Pumpkin Spiced Martini made with house infused vanilla vodka, apple brandy, pumpkin spiced marmalade, ginger syrup, fresh lime juice.

(credit: Picca)

(credit: Picca)


Picca
9575 W Pico Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
www.piccaperu.com

Visit Los Angeles’ favorite Peruvian restaurant Picca for another fall favorite. Picca’s mixologist Julian Coz has created a Sweet Potato Sour for this Winter’s special libation. This cocktail is made with 5-year aged rum, sweet potato, brown sugar, fresh lemon, clover honey, baking spices, whipped egg whites, and nutmeg. Try this one out along with Picca’s new Fall food menu for a great Peruvian pairing.

(credit: Cleo)

(credit: Cleo)


Cleo
1717 Vine St

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 962-1711
www.sbe.com/cleo

Cleo offers a sexy Autumn Spice cocktail that’s befitting of their sexy ambiance. With cinnamon as the main ingredient, the bartenders mix Hennessy with cardamon cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, ginger beer and garnish it with a cinnamon stick. For all the coffee drinkers, their Fall Voyager is made with Avion Espresso Tequila, espresso, Liquor 43 and decorated with an espresso bean. Visit this Hollywood hotspot today to give it a try!

(credit: Big Foot West)

(credit: BigFoot West)


Bigfoot West
10939 Venice Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 287-2200
www.bigfootwest.com

At Bigfoot West, Jeff Clark creates a beer cocktail called the Pumpkin Brew which is sure to remind you of the holiday spirit. This refreshing Fall creation is made with pumpkin butter, Alagash Heffeweisen and topped with fresh cloves and orange zest.

(credit Katsuya)

(credit Katsuya)


Katsuya
6300 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-8777
www.sbe.com/katsuya

Craving sushi with your cocktail? Katsuya is now serving their Pumpkin Spiced Martini with Ciroc peach, pumpkin spice liqueur, pumpkin spice cream liqueur, simple syrup & cinnamon. While traditionally one would not think of a Japanese restaurant as one to come up with anything but Sake, Katsuya serves up a delicious Fall and Winter drink that will keep you coming back for more.

(credit: Eveleigh)

(credit: Eveleigh)


Eveleigh
8752 W Sunset Blvd

West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 239-1630
www.theeveleigh.com

On the Sunset Strip, Eveleigh is one of the best restaurant/bars to go for a romantic date and to just hang out with friends. This cozy restaurant, serves up some of the best Fall and Winter libations including their Smashing Pumpkin with El Dorado 12, Ramazotti, Amaretto, Cane syrup, pumpkin pie, toasted pecan bitters and toasted pumpkin seed oil. Another fall favorite is their Mezcal Eggnog with eggs, sugar, milk, heavy cream, mezcal, cardamom infused Amontillado Sherry and nutmeg.

(credit: Napa Valley Grille)

(credit: Napa Valley Grille)


Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Ave, Ste 100

Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322
www.napavalleygrille.com

Looking for something sweeter and lighter? Napa Valley Grille offers The Harvest Bliss, made with Hendricks Gin, Lillet Blanc, simple syrup and green grapes. If you’re in the mood for a slightly heavier drink, try their Red Apple Orchard Sangria which comes with Ravenswood Shiraz, brandy, apple juice, and cinnamon.

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Marian Bacol-Uba is the founder of www.culinaryescort.com, a boutique marketing and event planning agency specializing in Restaurants and Hospitality. You can follow her eating, imbibing and traveling adventures on www.marianthefoodie.com. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.
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