Los Angeles is one of the places in the world that is being the birthplace of some of the most iconic cocktails. Some of the names of these cocktails from LA might even surprise you due to the unrelated names of the drinks, and here are our top 5 favorite cocktails inspired By Los Angeles.
Appletini consists of vodka and one or more of the following beverages: apple juice, apple cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy such as Calvados. This modern cocktail was invented in Los Angeles in 1996 and is also known as the Apple Martini or Adam's Apple Martini. Vodka can be substituted for gin, and some variations may include vermouth in the combination. One of the most popular variations is the Rumpletini, which is made with light rum instead of vodka. The Appletini is gaining notoriety through pop culture, as it is often mentioned in well-known TV shows.
Tequila Sunrise is a classic cocktail reminiscent of a summer sunrise in a glass. It is made with three basic ingredients: Tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup. The cocktail was invented around 1930 with a base of tequila and lime juice, soda water, and crème de cassis, but the modern version was created in Sausalito, California in the 1970s when the cocktail made a huge jump in popularity because Mick Jagger named the Rolling Stones' tour after it. Traditionally, the Tequila Sunrise is served unmixed over ice in a tall Collins glass, but when served in a highball glass, the color of the combined ingredients (with grenadine slowly poured through the glass) resembles a sunrise even more.
The White Russian cocktail is made with a combination of vodka, cream, and coffee liqueur. To make it, vodka and coffee liqueur are poured into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Then the cream is poured on top and the whole thing is stirred gently with a straw. The drink is named after its main ingredient, vodka, which is typically associated with Russia. The White Russian gained huge popularity in 1998 when the cult classic The Big Lebowski hit cinemas - the film's main character, called The Dude, drinks White Russians throughout the movie.
The Moscow Blue
No one would have guessed that the iconic Moscow Mule was invented six thousand miles from the city for which it is named.
As we explored in the history of the Bloody Mary, vodka was not a popular drink outside of Russia until the early 20th century, when those fleeing the Russian Revolution emigrated to Europe and the United States. In fact, vodka was far overshadowed by beer, whiskey, and wine on American bar menus, and the vodka industry struggled to gain a foothold in the United States. The pieces of the Moscow Mule began to come together in 1941. First, a young woman named Sophie Berezinski moved to Los Angeles from Russia with over 2,000 solid copper mugs. Her father owned the Moscow Copper Co. in Russia, and Sophie had designed the iconic copper mug. However, the mugs were not very popular with buyers in Russia, so Sophie packed up her mugs and headed to Hollywood to try to sell her wares. We don’t have to tell you how that ends.
One of the most famous bartenders in Los Angeles was the man who called himself Don the Beachcomber. The Beachcomber, along with his friendly rival 'Trader' Vic Bergeron, was the founding father of the tiki bar. In 1934, the Beachcomber opened Don's Beachcomber Cafe in Hollywood and began serving Cantonese cuisine and tropical-inspired cocktails like the Mai Tai. His most famous creation, however, was probably the Zombie. The story of the cocktail’s name is quite amusing. Beachcomber invented this drink when a hungover member asked him to mix something that would help him get through a business meeting. So the famous bartender mixed together several high-proof rums and sent the customer on his way. The next day, the customer returned to Don's Beachcomber Cafe and said he made it through the meeting okay, but he felt "like a zombie."
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