To get into the spirit of Christmas this Christmas Eve, why not indulge in some excellent spirits? That’s right, it’s the time of year for egg nog, hot buttered rum, spiked apple cider and everything in between. Here are our picks for the best holiday drinks in Los Angeles.
1 Ye Old Nog at Harlowe
Grab a speakeasy-style libation at Hollywood's new den of cool, Harlowe. Ye Old Nog will definitely make you feel merry thanks to its combination of Dorado 12 yr Rum, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, egg, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and Angostura bitters.
7321 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood (323) 876-5839
2 Hot Toddy for a Hot Body at Gracias Madre
We love, love, love the organic libations at upscale vegan eatery Gracias Madre. In particular, beverage director Jason Eisner's take on the hot toddy, Hot Toddy for a Hot Body, does us right. This drink, made of housemade bhakti chai, benesin mezcal, reposado, housemade aromatic bitters and raw honey, is the bee's knees. We're also fans of the eatery's Not Your Madre's Eggnog—coconut milk, vegan caramel agave, mezcal and Jason's proprietary masala chai blend, and homemade chocolate bitters—and the Three Miracles: Juniper-infused mezcal, lime, mint, sparkling wine and spherical ice of absinthe. · Hot Toddy for a Hot Body –
8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood (323) 978-2170
3 Three Spirit Nog at Ray's & Stark Bar
Although the cocktails at Ray's & Stark Bar at LACMA are under a "Scrooged" menu, trust us, you'll be feeling anything but after a few of these babies. Whether you opt for the Three Spirit Nog—a traditional egg nog with bourbon, brandy and dark rum; the Bah Rum Bug—rum, pimentro dram, lime juice, simple syrup and bitters; or Jacobs Chains—Death's Door White Whiskey, apricot liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup and sage—you'll definitely be ready to say some ho, ho, hos!
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (323) 857-6180
4 Holiday in the Sun at Sassafras
A Holiday in the Sun—the aptly named confection at the delightful Hollywood drinking den Sassafrasas—is what you'll no doubt experience in sunny SoCal, which makes drinking this libation during the holidays a must. The Holiday—Sassafras' take on the Puerto Rican classic the Coquito,—combines Cruzan Aged Light Rum, cane syrup, coconut milk, evaporated milk, cinnamon, vanilla bean, egg yolk, and lime.
1233 Vine Street, Los Angeles (323) 467-2800
5 Terroir Rouge at Firefly
Utilizing the seasonal tartness of cranberries, Studio City's Morrocan-influenced eatery Firefly brings bright, crisp holiday flavors together in its Terroir Rouge, a drink of Terroir Gin, fresh ginger, muddled cranberries, cinnamon, and a splash of tonic. Happy holiday indeed!
11720 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City (818) 762-1833