As L.A. continues to enjoy its brief respite of winter weather, there’s no better time to indulge in the city’s best hot toddy cocktails to keep you warm and toasty this season. Celebrate National Hot Toddy Day on Jan. 11 with these six cozy cocktails in the L.A. area.
Lodi Todi Big Bar
Big Bar, the beloved Los Feliz cocktail haven helmed by bar manager Cari Hah located inside staple Alcove Café takes a festive approach to the traditional hot toddy with their Lodi Todi made with Glenlivet 14, Dictador 12yr Rum, Becherovka, lemon, honey and tiki bitters, served hot.
1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, alcovecafe.com/bigbar, @bigbaralcove
Hot Honey Chicken Toddy at Birds & Bees
Birds & Bees, the 1950s themed mid-century modern cocktail bar in Downtown Los Angeles helmed by Bar Manager Jake Larowe currently has a Hot Honey Chicken Toddy on the menu as part of the bar’s monthly rotating themed cocktail series, focusing on Bees for January. The Hot Honey Chicken Toddy is inspired by the change of seasons and colder weather, calling for a twist on a traditional hot toddy. This chicken soup based hot toddy balances the perfect mix of umami, rich chicken flavor paired with honey for sweetness and warming bourbon to tie it together. Utilizing mirepoix, shallots, guajillo and Thai chilis, along with sage, rosemary, thyme and bouillon, the drink encapsulate everything you love about a bowl of chicken soup, except this one gets you buzzed.
Birds & Bees, 207 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Birdsandbeesla.com, @birdsandbeesla
Buckhorn Toddy RX at Cuyama Buckhorn
Cuyama Buckhorn is a timeless roadside restaurant and inn perfect for an intimate off-the-beaten-path getaway located in the heart of California’s high desert within Santa Barbara County approximately 2.5 hours from Los Angeles. The bar highlights wines from local vineyards including Condor’s Hope, draft and bottled beers, classic cocktails including the Buckhorn Toddy RX made with earl grey whiskey, honey, lemon, cinnamon and star anise.
4923 Primero St., New Cuyama, cuyamabuckhorn.com, @cuyamabuckhorn
APL Hot Toddy at APL Restaurant
Contemporary steakhouse APL Restaurant in Hollywood has the perfect accompaniment to Chef-Owner Adam Perry Lang’s dry-aged meaty goodness. APL’s Hot Toddy is made with Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey, spiced honey, lemon, and all spiced dram, prepared by General Manager & Beverage Director Jonathan Michael McClune. The classic cocktail is offered at a special price of $14 for the holiday.
1680 Vine St., Los Angeles, aplrestaurant.com, @aplrestaurant
Agave Hot Toddy at Madre
L.A.’s beloved Oaxacan restaurant Madre is known for its innovative cocktails using mezcal and agave spirits. For the winter season, bar manager, Bryant Orozco is serving up his Agave Hot Toddy made with Oaxacan seasonal tea with tequila or mezcal.
10426 National Blvd., Los Angeles, madrerestaurants.com, @madre_national
Irishman at Mi Piace
Drink like Frank Sheeran this season at Mi Piace with their Irishman elixir. Created by Bar Manager Nikos Baltas, the Irishman is made with Jameson Whiskey, Nonino Grappa, earl grey tea, ginger syrup, fresh citrus, and it is served hot to heat things up this winter.
25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, MiPiace.com, @mipiacepasadena
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