The daiquiri is a mixed cocktail created with rum, citrus juice and sugar. Historically, the daiquiri was a favorite of American novelist Ernest Hemingway, and today many bars pay tribute to the writer by naming their versions after him. Bartenders agree that the daiquiri is best hand-shaken using granulated sugar over simple syrup. With summer around the corner, a daiquiri is a perfect cocktail to order for its bright and refreshing taste and quenching finish. Los Angeles bars and lounges are bringing back this classic alcoholic beverage to patrons poolside, by the beach and in the lounge.
Ivory on Sunset
8440 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
The Mondrian Hotel, Sunset Blvd’s luxury hotel, recently opened Ivory on Sunset. This chic restaurant is a Hollywood hangout for sipping cocktails amongst beautiful people in a beautiful setting depicting the Golden Age of Hollywood. Ivory on Sunset offers the classic Hemingway Daiquiri made with Bacardi rum, Maraschino liqueur, grapefruit and lime juices and simple syrup. Dip into the Prohibition era with this refreshing adult beverage while shared snacking on Ivory’s light as a feather Maryland Blue crab cake or the raw and chilled bar hamachi crudo Baja shrimp (with habanero, serrano pepper and lime) and half dozen oysters.
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
A great daytime cocktail, the daiquiri at Herringbone is traditional, bright and handcrafted every step of the way by any of the expert bartenders including Andrew Harbour. The Herringbone daiquiri is well-balanced, an important element in mixing this drink, and made with a high-quality small batch rum, lime and granulated sugar. Herringbone, which recently introduced its lunch and brunch offerings, is Santa Monica’s go-to destination for to sate your briny cravings with a fantastic raw bar featuring oysters (Fanny Bay, Wildcat Cove and Hood Canal to name a few), a traditional Maine lobster roll, fish and chips (made from local Bass) and the can’t miss cavatelli (shrimp, kale, calabrian chiie and poached egg pasta dish).
9400 W Olympic Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Bombet Hospitality Group’s Ryan Wainwright and lead bartender Harry Lewin’s of Viviane Restaurant located in the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills just launched a new summer cocktail menu, which includes a Hemmingway Daiquiri with Diplomatico white rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and Maraska Maraschino liqueur. It’s the perfect summer drink to sip poolside at Viviane’s Summer Sundays Pool Parties event taking place now through September. Make it a relaxing tête-à-tête with friends while sharing Saturday night stories with Viviane’s duck prosciutto and rillette plate served with a peach mustard and country bread, marinated olives and spiced nuts or any of the Continental brunch selections on the menu.
The Tap Room
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
The Tap Room at The Langham Huntington Hotel is the original bar that opened in the 1930s just after Prohibition ended. Both stylish and traditional, this original hotel bar is known for its classic and innovative handmade cocktails including Going Bananas, a banana daiquiri created with Mount Gay Eclipse rum infused with bananas from Barbados, fresh lime juice and agave. The Tap Room is a setting that makes it easy to travel back in time when daiquiris and live jazz went hand in hand. From Thursday through Saturday, The Tap Room hosts live jazz.
1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Overseen by Anuar Chavez, CAST Lounge at The Viceroy Hotel debuts its new classic cocktail program serving freshly crafted drinks that are straight and to the point, and made exceptionally well. When you are just steps away from the Santa Monica beach, a traditional and summer-ey daiquiri is the right choice for a cocktail. Hand-shaken over ice and made-to-order, this daiquiri is created with The Real McCoy five-year rum, fresh lime and just a touch of sugar. Whether it is an after-work drink or a Sunday Funday, the CAST Lounge daiquiri is nicely paired with any of the Happy Hour or Eleventh Hour choices from the restaurant’s newly revamped menus featuring more vegan and gluten-free options.
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