Once again, we have braved the rough winter of LA (ha!) and are standing at the threshold of spring. Say farewell to the creamy, dark liquors of winter’s past and welcome the fresh onset of spring’s light refreshments. Here are a few that we love, selected for YOA by one of the top mixologists in his field, Beverage Director Nick Meyer of Sprout LA, well known for their bar programs at Bestia LA, Vibiana, Pettycash Taqueria, Sotto aand Picca, and of Soigné Group -whose bar program at Acabar is ranked second amongst the top bars in all of America.
As with all we do, we love to embrace the season through seasonal ingredients. We believe they are a healthy start to any proper celebration. Alas, our spring libation station below:
Gordon’s Cup –Delightfully refreshing, would love one now.
4 lime wedges
2 slices cucumber
3/4 ounce simple syrup
Muddle gently in a cocktail shaker
Add 2 ounces gin, and a scoop of ice
Give it a quick shake, and dump all contents into a tumbler glass. Garnish with a pinch of kosher salt in the drink. (PS – gin is the new vodka don’t ya know?)
Gold Rush –Bourbon is not always for everyone, but this one is a winner. Named for the gold miners in the late 1800s in California…
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz honey syrup (3 parts high quality honey to 1 part water)
2 oz bourbon
Build in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 10 seconds; strain over fresh ice in a tumbler for super refreshing whiskey cocktail.
Cucumber-Lemonade Mocktail –For those of you on the straight-and-narrow, we here at YOA suggest this choice beverage if you are looking for something with a little less kick.
3 large cucumbers peeled and chopped (leave 12 slices of cucumber for garnish)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons agave syrup
In a food processor, puree rosemary and cucumber. Strain and press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber/rosemary juice and stir until the agave dissolves. Pour over ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.
Let us know what you think.
Cheers… L’chaim… Kampai… Salud… Prost to spring!
YO, Stef & Co.