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Restorative Cocktails from Five L.A. Hotel Bartenders

  • The Hollywood Roosevelt

    The Library Bar – The Hollywood Roosevelt

  • The Hollywood Roosevelt

    Danvy Pham, The Library Bar – The Hollywood Roosevelt (© Thompson Hotels)

  • The LINE Hotel

    Commissary – The LINE Hotel

  • The LINE Hotel

    Matthew Biancaniello, Beverage Consultant – Tomato & Okra (© Audrey Ma) – Commissary

  • Petit Ermitage

    The Butterfly Bar – Petit Ermitage

  • Petit Ermitage

    Abdias Acre, The Butterfly Bar – Petit Ermitage

  • Hotel Shangri la at the Ocean

    Suite 700 – Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean

  • Hotel Shangri la at the Ocean

    Phong Tran, Suite 700 – Hotel Shangri-La at the Ocean

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel

    Polo Lounge – The Beverly Hills Hotel

  • The Beverly Hills Hotel

    Robert Rouleau, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage – Polo Garden Gimlet, Polo Lounge – The Beverly Hills Hotel

CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

L.A. spans some 500 square miles on the Pacific coast of Southern California.

WHY GO

For urbanity, culture, eye candy and brainless hedonism in just the right blend — not to mention an exceedingly pleasant climate.

HOW

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major air hub on North America’s West Coast, with direct domestic and international flights aplenty.

TABLET TIP

Los Angeles gets a bad rap for its incessantly snarled traffic, but Downtown is the perfect place to leave the car behind and take advantage of the (unfairly maligned) Metro.

Los Angeles, January, 2015

When it comes to hangovers, everyone, from Bertie Wooster to your college roommate, has their own little survival tip, whether it’s pounding canned tomato juice, downing a dozen oysters, or taking the herbal route and swallowing starflower capsules. But it’s only logical that in Los Angeles, the world capital of interior cleansing, that we’ve found the greatest number of remedies capable of saving your Sunday morning: these restorative cocktails, created by men and women whose sole concern is your morning-after well-being…

Library Bar at THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT
The old stomping grounds of the “startender” Matthew Biancaniello, the stylishly wooded Library Bar offers no fixed menu, but rather seasonal drinks made to measure, omakase-style, by a team capable of handling the meanest thirst. Want sweetness, spice, and a hint of wild greens? The mixology team of Alex Frost and Danvy Pham will combine herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables, concocting a veritable farmers market in a glass. Against hangovers, not one but two recipes: his is Plan C, gin and St. Germain infused with chili — and hers, Morning Medicina, with mezcal and agave syrup.

Plan C (by Alex Frost)
– ⅔ oz. lime juice
– ½ oz. simple syrup
– 2 or 3 pieces of fresh pineapple
– 1 avocado slice
– 1 kaffir lime leaf
– Mix
– 1 oz. coconut water
– ½ oz. St. Germain liqueur infused with chile de árbol
– 2 oz. gin
– Add ice, shake, strain and serve in a glass with a large ice cube

Morning Medicina (by Danvy Pham)
– Mezcal
– Lime juice
– Agave syrup
– Ginger
– Coriander
– Peppers
– Cucumber
– Basil
– Wild arugula
– Sprinkle with sea salt and powdered Bhut Jolokia
– Shake, strain, serve in a glass with ice

Commissary at THE LINE HOTEL
Very much a presence on the Los Angeles cocktails scene, Matthew Biancaniello co-signs here with street-food genius Roy Choi on the drinks menus at POT Lobby Bar and Commissary, the greenhouse restaurant, whose fruits and vegetables come direct from the farmers of SoCal and the hotel’s own gardens. On the menu are classics revisited in a farm-to-glass mode — a White Russian with mushroom-infused vodka — among other cocktail-world firsts. To the question “what do you drink on the morning after,” Matthew responds without hesitation: the Tomato & Okra, an original creation flavoring cachaça with okra and Chinese spring onions.

Tomato & Okra (by Matthew Biancaniello)
– ⅔ oz. de jus de citron vert
– ⅔ oz. agave syrip (preferably Monin organic)
– A pinch of Chinese spring onions or wild garlic
– Mix
– 2 oz. Novo Fogo cachaça (infuse with 8 oz. okra per bottle for one week)
– Shake, strain, and serve in a highball glass with ice
– Garnish with cherry tomatoes and spring onion

The Butterfly Bar at PETIT ERMITAGE
On the roof of the Petit Ermitage there’s a garden which has been designated a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary by the local chapter of the National Wildlife Federation. There’s also a bar, a sanctuary for the hotel’s bohemian-chic clientele, where you can sip mezcal from a phenomenal selection while listening to the fluttering of tiny wings, in a near-total silence that’s exceedingly rare in the midst of Los Angeles. At the very least, the place itself isn’t going to cause many headaches. However, just in case, two tips: the Stay Well, an alcohol-free cocktail mixing the freshly-squeezed juices of four different citrus fruits; or else, in a slightly different key, the Bloody Mezcalada, somewhere between Bloody Mary and michelada.

Bloody Mezcalada (by Abdias Acre)
– Fresh tomato juice
– Olive juice
– Worcestershire sauce
– Enmascarado 45 mezcal
– Fresh horseradish, herbs, spices and bitters
– Served over ice with a splash of Corona, garnished with olives and bacon in a salt-rimmed glass

Suite 700 at HOTEL SHANGRI-LA AT THE OCEAN
The Shangri-La, freshly renovated on Ocean Avenue, is a unique piece, a circa-1939 vintage Art Deco fantasy, a perfect example of classic ocean-liner style, brought back to life in 2008 and ready to take on the 21st century. Its rooftop bar, Suite 700, plays a large part in the hotel’s recent success: a glamorous, chic penthouse suite — no sandals on weekends — opens onto a lovely outdoor terrace, offering magnetic views of Santa Monica and the Pacific. To leave you with an excess of good spirits, the house barman Phong Tran advises you to treat yourself to a well-poured Diamond Jubilee Martini.

Diamond Jubilee Martini (by Phong Tran)
– 2 oz. Effen cucumber vodka
– 1⅓ oz. St. Germain
– 1 oz. lemon and lime juice
– 1 oz. simple syrup
– 1⅓ oz. of a secret ingredient…

Polo Lounge at THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
Between the exacting alcoholic preferences of its star-studded clientele and the daily anecdotes accumulated since this legendary bar’s 1941 opening, you could write eleven or twelve novels about the Polo Lounge. Marilyn flirting with Montand, Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack living it up, Hunter S. Thompson getting memorably stewed and a (very) young Laura Dern taking her first steps. Unhappily for him, poor Hunter never knew Robert Rouleau, the man who now oversees all the menus at the Beverly Hills Hotel, cocktails and spirits included. This Massachusetts native would have advised him to go easy on the gonzo, and drop the Chivas for a Polo Garden Gimlet.

Polo Garden Gimlet (by Robert Rouleau)
– Absolut Elyx Vodka
– Cucumber
– Coriander
– Jalapeño
– Lime juice

Dante Nolleau
CHEAT SHEET
WHERE

L.A. spans some 500 square miles on the Pacific coast of Southern California.

WHY GO

For urbanity, culture, eye candy and brainless hedonism in just the right blend — not to mention an exceedingly pleasant climate.

HOW

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the major air hub on North America’s West Coast, with direct domestic and international flights aplenty.

TABLET TIP

Los Angeles gets a bad rap for its incessantly snarled traffic, but Downtown is the perfect place to leave the car behind and take advantage of the (unfairly maligned) Metro.

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