Happy #NationalMargaritaDay Check out LA’s tastiest twists on the Classic

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Friday February 21 is National Margarita Day.  I encourage you to indulge, responsibly of course.  And since we all like a good ol’ Marg, why not get adventurous.

Check out these unique twists on the classic margarita from The Draycott, Olivetta, and 1 Kitchen all located in Los Angeles.

Watermelon Picante, The Draycott, Courtesy of The Draycott

Watermelon Picante at The Draycott

15255 Palisades Village Ln, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

“Spicy, Skinny, Watermelon what’s not to love?”

Ingredients: Blanco Tequila, Lime, Tajin, Cointreau, Watermelon Puree, Lime Juice, Agave Simple, 1 Drop Habanero Bitters

Prep Ingredients.  With lime wet half of the glass 1 inch long around the outside of the rim, salt with Tajin, place lime on rim.  In shaker add all ingredients with ice, add ice to glass, shake vigorously for 5 to 6 seconds, and strain over fresh ice in to glass.


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Olivetta, Tequila Cocktail, $18, Courtesy of Melina Meza

Tequila Cocktail at Olivetta

9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Fresh rainbow carrot juice and jasmine honey bring together approachable earthy and floral notes

RECIPE:
1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.75 oz. Jasmine Honey
.25 oz. St Germain
.25 oz. Amaro Montenegro
.5 oz. Rainbow Carrot Juice

INSTRUCTIONS:
Add all ingredients into a tin with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with dill sprig and two micro marigolds on top.

“The ingredients in our house Tequila cocktail were inspired by a vegetal riff on a skinny Margarita. Fresh rainbow carrot juice and jasmine honey bring together approachable earthy and floral notes without any additional sugar found in most syrups. The Amaro Montenegro adds complex bittersweet flavors that balance it all together.” – Melina Meza, Beverage Director at Olivetta

Olivetta, Mezcal Cocktail, $18, Courtesy of Melina Meza

Mezcal Cocktail at Olivetta

9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Cucumber juice is the fan favorite flavor

RECIPE:
1.25 oz. Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
1 oz. Cucumber Juice
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.75 oz. Herbes de Provence Cordial
.5 oz. Metaxa Brandy
.25 oz. Chareau Aloe

INSTRUCTIONS:
Add all ingredients into a tin with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with Opal Basil bouquet.

“I made a cordial using a blend of dried herbs from the Provence region of France such as marjoram, sage, fennel, lavender and oregano. These herbal notes go hand and hand with Chareau aloe liqueur and Metaxa Greek brandy. Cucumber juice is the fan favorite flavor bringing each component in a harmonious smoky-savory profile that even non-mezcal drinkers are flocking to.” – Melina Meza, Beverage Director at Olivetta


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1 Kitchen by Chris Cray and Juniper Lounge, Sunset, $18, Courtesy 1 Kitchen by Chris Cray and Juniper Lounge

Sunset Cocktail at 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary/ Juniper Lounge

8490 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

The “Sunset” cocktail is an ode to Sunset Boulevard and the vibrant Mexican Heritage

Ingredients: Espolon Blanco Tequila, Spicy Fresno Chile, Fragrant Cilantro, Tart Lime & a Savory Tajin

“The “Sunset” cocktail is an ode to Sunset Boulevard and the vibrant Mexican Heritage found throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Our take on a Spicy Margarita, this drink includes Espolon Blanco Tequila, Spicy Fresno Chile, Fragrant Cilantro, Tart Lime & a Savory Tajin rim. “ – Courtesy of 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary/ Juniper Lounge

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