All the Booze That's Fit to Print – Summer 2009

An occasional roundup of L.A. cocktail culture in various media.

Besides Los Angeles Magazine’s cover story on L.A.’s Best New Bars and coverage in its annual Best of L.A. issue, L.A. cocktail culture was well represented this summer:

Cover: Mutineer

  • The Edison was named “America’s Bartending Mecca” in the cover story for the September/October issue of Mutineer Magazine, with the July 29th Radio Room serving as the issue’s launch party. According to Mutineer’s website, the issue is sold out; wonder if having the Edison’s Green Fairy on the cover had anything to do with that?
  • Rivera’s Julian Cox was named one of “The New Tequiliers” in the August issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine. The article mentions Julian’s Anejo Honey Sour and Pancho Villa cocktails, as well as the seminars top tequila producers conduct to train his staff.
  • In the September/October issue of Imbibe, the Varnish’s Eric Alperin discusses a variety of gin-based cocktails in Ginning Things Up, including the Gin-Gin Mule, the Eastside, the Turf, the Angel Face, and his 1930s-style take on the classic Martini. Included in the print edition only is Alperin’s recipe for his genever-based Skid Row.



  • Cover: LAT MagazineOn Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, LA Times Magazine featured Liquid Heaven, a great article highlighting some of the city’s best cocktails. Besides photos and quotes, the online edition includes bonus videos of L.A.’s top mixologists demonstrating how to make their creations. It’s an excellent snapshot of the cutting edge of the Los Angeles cocktail scene, which writer Wyatt Peabody boldly states is “the most exciting” in America.
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