Ok, we admit it. When the temps start to drop near the holidays, we pretty much turn into Buddy The Elf. In addition to candy, candy corn and candy canes, syrup becomes one of our four major food groups.
Luckily, we can skip topping it on spaghetti because bars all over L.A. have been infusing their cocktails with maple syrup this season. Check out 10 maple syrup cocktails that will make you smile, cause smiling’s our favorite.
Wilson at Castaway
Hands down, Castaway showcases one of the most spectacular views of Los Angeles. The chic hilltop restaurant, complete with a chic patio flanked by fire pits, is the perfect place to cozy up with a fall-inspired cocktail. Try the Wilson with Monkey Shoulder Whisky, orange curaçao and maple syrup finished with cardamom.
1250 E. Harvard Rd., Burbank, castawayburbank.com, @CastawayBurbank
14th on Main at Delphine
Located inside the W Hollywood, Delphine is an expansive, indoor-outdoor space facing bustling Hollywood Boulevard. This season, order the 14th on Main made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, maple syrup, grapefruit juice and lemon juice.
6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, delphinehollywood.com, @delphinehollywood
Northern Lights Old Fashioned at Fresh
Fresh is West Hollywood ’s newest plant-powered hotspot serving up fresh vegan dishes and cocktails alike. Check out the Northern-Lights Old Fashioned made with Redwood Empire Emerald Giant Rye Whiskey, ginger beer, maple syrup, aromatic bitters, orange bitters, charred orange peel and rosemary.
8768 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, freshplantpowered.com/fresh-la, @freshrestaurants
Exit Music at Bibo Ergo Sum
West Hollywood cocktail destination Bibo Ergo Sum just celebrated its second anniversary and to celebrate, the bar launched a new menu, inspired by the city of Los Angeles, and lovingly-titled “A Day in LA.” One of the standout cocktails in the “Parking In K Town” section is the Exit Music made with Bibo Single Barrel Bourbon, Black Strap, Grand Marnier, maple, pecan and vanilla bean infused Ango.
116 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, Biboergosumla.com, @biboergosumla
The Professor at The Raymond 1886
Included in The Raymond 1886’s new “Around the World” fall cocktail menu is The Professor, a boozy nod to Canada. This handsome cocktail, presented on a burned wood coaster, is made with Pike Creek, Clement V.S.O.P., St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, maple syrup and whiskey barrel-aged bitters.
1250 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, TheRaymond.com, @raymondrestaurant
Last Call for Morelos at Weho Bistro
Feel like you are on a trip South of the Border with the Last Call For Morelos at Weho Bistro. Created by cocktail consultants Jimmy Seargeant and Wrennie West, this cocktail with a kick features Revel Avila Reposado, spiced pear liqueur, lemon, habanero-infused maple and grated cinnamon.
1040 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, WeHoBistro.com, @wehobistro
Perk Up at Neighbor LA
Neighbor is a cozy garden bistro and cocktail bar nestled on one of LA’s busiest streets, Abbot Kinney Blvd. Fashioned from an old house on Venice Beach’s main drag, Neighbor just started serving brunch. Start your day with the Perk Up made with CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka, tablespoon coffee grounds, coconut milk and maple syrup, garnished with three coffee beans.
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, neighborla.com, @neighborla
Maple Manhattan at Barcito
Barcito is located in the heart of South Park in Downtown Los Angeles. For the fall, Bar Manager Jamie Amos collaborated to create a diverse, seasonal cocktail menu. On the standouts is the flavor-packed Maple Manhattan features Rittenhouse Rye, Averna Amaro, barrel-aged bitters and a decadent touch of maple.
403 W. 12th St., Los Angeles, BarcitoLA.com, @barcitola
Pistol & Pencil at A.O.C.
At the charming Californian-French bistro A.O.C., the Pistol & Pencil cocktail gives us major cobbler vibes. The smokey yet sweet treat is made with El Silencio Mezcal, grilled peach, maple and vanilla.
8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, aocwinebar.com, @aocla
Maple Bacon Old Fashioned at Slater’s 50/50
Best known for its bacon-beef burgers, the bar program at Slater’s 50/50 is just as meaty. Try their Maple Bacon Old Fashioned made with Jim Beam bacon bourbon, maple syrup and bitters, finished with thick-cut bacon.
11 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, slaters5050.com, @slaters5050
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