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Virtual Happy Hour: Italian Greyhound at The Library Bar

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For today's Virtual Happy Hour, we meander over to the dark, cool Library Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to pay a visit to one of our favorite barmen, Matt Biancaniello. When you go, it's usually best to leave your fate in the mix master's hands. Just give him a couple key words as to what you're feeling for the day, and let him start plucking ingredients from his farm stall-style bar.

Our most recent trip, we wanting something refreshing and a bit bitter, and the Italian Greyhound was right on the money. We love how Biancaniello uses Aperol, Campari, passionfruit, lime, and agave in this tart, Mediterranean-inspired number. Besides, any drink that can justify looking at doggie pictures on the Daily Puppy is okay by us.

The folks over at the Tasting Table have a recipe for the spicy rendition of this cocktail, but we recommend heading over to the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for the day and then popping by the Library Bar for one of these gorgeous, refreshingly piquant cocktails. And if you go, be sure to tell Matty B we said hi!