5 New Fall Cocktails To Help You Pretend That L.A. Has Seasons
While the arrival of October hasn't brought brisk Autumn breezes, at least we can drink Fall-inspired cocktails that will get us into the season. From pumpkin and candy apples to smoky concoctions, we searched around town for some of our favorites. So, put down that pumpkin spice latte and check out these five delicious new Fall cocktails that may just get you into light-sweater-season.
"Fall Fashioned" at Playa Provisions
Playa Provision's intimate whiskey bar, Grain, offers the perfect cozy hideaway for Fall. Their newly launched menu features clever variations on an old fashioned certainly suits the season. The Fall Fashioned is a standout with bourbon, apple brandy, all-spice liqueur, cinnamon-brown sugar syrup, bitters and a flamed cinnamon apple garnish. It elicits those warm fuzzy memories of apple picking in the fall as a kid—only with the great grown-up addition of booze. And if you need a bit of a pick-me-up to get into the season, we'd recommend the Jittery Kilt, which features Highland Scotch, coffee, all-spice liqueur, mace, chocolate bitters and lemon zest.
Playa Provisions is located at 119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, (310) 683-5019
"Pie One On" at Gracias Madre
Cocktail maestro Jason Eisner is always full of new surprises behind the bar at Gracias Madre, and now he's pouring some serious—and not-so-serious—fall flavors . The Pie One On mashes up anejo tequila with homemade pepita pumpkin butter, and adds port wine, Demarara syrup and bitters for a South-of-the-border trip to the pumpkin patch. Fall also wouldn't be complete without a new addition to his smoked cocktail roster. The Sponge Bob Square Pants cocktail uses house-fermented quince tepache and Mezcal Espadin, which is then smoked in a whole pineapple with organic apple wood—because that's how Sponge Bob would want it.
Gracias Madre is located at 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, (323) 978-2170
"Candy Apple Float" at The Wallace
While the Candy Apple Float may technically be an "adults-only" dessert, we're pulling it into the cocktail category because, well, we're adults and we can have dessert when we want. Designed by pastry chef Rebecca Morris at The Wallace, the Float features a delicious blend of caramel apple ice cream, apple whisky, cider, and ginger ale for a bit of fizz. If you're feeling dark and sinister in anticipation for Halloween, you may also want to check out beverage director Greg Bryson's all black concoction For The Watch, which uses Lawai Japanese Whiskey, Amaro CioCiarro, cointreau guignolet (cherry), grapefruit juice, and, brace yourself, squid ink.
The Wallace is located at 3833 Main St, Culver City, (310) 202-6400
"Agua De Loco" at Los Balcones
At this recently revamped Peruvian favorite, you wouldn't be wrong to order a pisco sour, but bar manager Josh Suchan has something else planned for the season. The Agua de Loco uses a traditional Peruvian Apple beverage cooked with fall flavors. He then combines it with Switchel, which is "a colonial-era beverage commonly enjoyed by farmers," Suchan tells LAist. He then adds Bonded Applejack, rum and orgeat, for a South American-inspired Fall beverage.Los Balcones is located at 1360 Vine St, Hollywood, (323) 871-9600
"Pumpkin Spice Cable Car" at Firefly
Alright, for those who are still looking for their pumpkin spice fix after latte-hours, Studio City's Firefly has a seasonal, pumpkin-infused cocktail from from bar manager David Castagnetti. The Pumpkin Spice Cable Car features spiced rum, lemon juice, orange juice, house-made pumpkin syrup and a sweet cinnamon-sugar rim. Now, if only there were a cable car around to take us home afterward.
Firefly is located at 11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, (818) 762-1833