Local cocktail connoisseur Marcus Fan has tried just about every drink, just about everywhere. These are his favorites, plus a few key ingredients. (Check out our blog devoted to spirits: Liquid LA at lamag.com.)
  1. 1.
    Beets to the Rhyme at Harlowe Bar
    Pisco and mezcal-based. Harlowe Bar, West Hollywood
  2. 2.
    The OG at Love & Salt
    Mezcal, maraschino liqueur, and limoncello. Served at Love & Salt, Manhattan Beach
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    Endless Summer at Melrose Umbrella Co.
    Nigori sake, vodka, melon purée. Served at Melrose Umbrella Co. Fairfax district.
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    Gams, Gams, Gams at Honeycut
    Apple brandy, vermouth, cherry liqueur. DTLA.
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    Storyville Shandy at Sassafras Saloon
    St George Terroir gin, pear cider. Hollywood.
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    English Milk Punch at Faith & Flower
    Smith & Cross rum, Bulleit bourbon, sencha tea. In downtown LA
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    Wild Turkey 101 Rye at Terrine
    wild turkey 101 rye, orchard demerara, orange twist. Located Mid-city.
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    Old Fashioned at the Normandie Club
    Coconut bourbon (!) -- koreatown
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    Hannibal's Plan at Mess Hall
    Blanco tequila, hibiscus, spiced salt. Los Feliz
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    Indian Summer at Raymond 1886
    Plata tequila, cilantro, chile-salted watermelon chunk garnish. Pasadena
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    Pearl Button at Power House
    Kappa Pisco, cocchi americano, egg white, seltzer. Hollywood.
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    Francisco San at Power House
    Nikka 12 year, punt e mes, benedictine. Hollywood
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    Black and Yellow at Bourbon Steak
    Hakushu 12 year, creme de banane, pineapple smoke
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    Buddah's Palm at Hakkasan
    Buffalo Trace bourbon, yuzu, black grapes. Beverly Hills
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    See Something, Say Something at Mess Hall
    Singani 63, pamplemousse, geijer glog, burdock bitters. Los Feliz.
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    Kinsale King at Redbird
    Irish whisky, stout reduction, lemon. DTLA
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    I Dream of Greenie at Melrose Umbrella Co.
    Plum infused mezcal, avocado, matcha green tea. Fairfax district.
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    Pimms No 1933 at Sassafras Saloon
    Pimms, strawberry cucumber shrub, ginger.
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    Hacienda at Copa D'oro
    Blanco tequila, amaro nonino, creme yvette. Santa Monica.