Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mixology 101 at The Grove (Los Angeles)

The Grove and The Original Farmers Market tend to be occupied by restaurant chains and touristy spots, and Planet Dailies, which is associated with Mixology 101, probably is too. On the other hand, Mixology 101 isn't.

This large and swank bar sits on the second floor right at the border of the Farmers Market and The Grove, and the cocktails are the products of renowned mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, aka "The Maestro" and the one in charge in the day to day operations, LA's Joseph Brooke (formerly of Next Door Lounge and The Edison)
I finally came here for the first time a couple of months ago, tagging along as Shop Eat Sleep's guest.
My first cocktail was fun, refreshing, and absolutely perfect for the summer: Maestro's Special Fizz (Capri Natura Limoncello, lemon sorbet, fresh mint and prosecco - $14)
The Brisa Frances has a unique flavor, made with Mezcal Joven, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, cucumber water, Pernod Absinthe, and salt - $13

The first taste made me expect spiciness (but it isn't), thanks to the combination of the smoky mezcal with the absinthe. The cucumber and absinthe works well together and the result is both surprising and delicious.

Joe Brooke also introduced us to my new favorite after dinner drink. Dobb's ($12) is simple, a combination with Fernet Branca and creme de menthe, yet we really loved it. Who knew?
They also have a great (and proper) White Russians here.
We didn't try much of the food, but there is a gigantic sundae if you're so inclined (hopefully to share with 6 others)

The patio looks like a nice are to chill during the warmer months.

Mixology 101
6333 West 3rd Street, Suite O20
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 370-6560
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