Rivera was one of the propellers of craft cocktails in restaurants, and now one of its bartender alum, Krishna Vutla, is striking out on his own.
Krishna headed the bar and created the current cocktail menu at Coco Laurent in downtown LA, although he unfortunately left earlier this week. His cocktails are staying on the menu, thought, and there are quite a few exciting ones.
My favorite is the Insane Bolt, which helped Krishna win an Angostura cocktail competition. There are usually only a couple dashes of angostura bitters in cocktails but this one has 3/4 oz! It's combined with Smith and Cross rum, orgeat, and maraschino liqueur.
Sounds crazy? It was actually really good, both sweet and dry with a really nice balance. You just have to try it.
The LA Woman doesn't have to drink cosmos. Krishna figured they should instead drink Rittenhouse 100 rye with lemon, orgeat, hibiscus tea, and aloe.
The Cabana Boy has just a hint of citrus with El Jimador tequila, Dolin Blanc vermouth, Combier pamplemousse (that's grapefruit) and yuzu bitters.
I wasn't there for dinner so I only got a couple of things to soak up the alcohol. The creamy gnocchi with asparagus and tomatoes was quite satisying.I went with a lighter dessert, a floating island of meringue.
Coco Laurent is a spacious, swanky restaurant, so you won't have to elbow crowds to enjoy your food or drinks. There's an outdoor seating area and a bar for both your brunch and outdoor drinking needs.
707 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017