The weather has well and truly turned here in Los Angeles. Sure, the sun is shining and the fronds on the sky-high palm trees still tickle the invisible ivories as the sea-breeze wisps past them. But it’s cold for us, ok? Heck, all those hipsters on Melrose sporting the military boots, short shorts and flannel-fleece hats can’t be wrong, can they?
In any case, I’m cold. I’m wearing my little fake-fur lined booties even as I speak, and I know it won’t be long now before I have to shut my windows because the breezes cause me to shiver in my yoga pants (yes, you can roll your eyes at me now). But here’s something you might be able to relate to: today, I couldn’t get enough warm drinks. Another telltale sign that winter is on LA’s doorstep.
By 2 o’clock, I’d already made my way through a cup of hot pour-over coffee (oh dear, I am a hopeless coffee snob) and two cups of green tea. As we sat down to a lunch of tiny pupusas at Tinga, I looked longingly at their coffee list, hoping for a decaffeinated version to warm up my internal organs without giving them such a jolt that I’d be unable to sleep tonight. A couple of hours later, I ran across the street to grab a hot cocoa from Sycamore Kitchen. A plain glass of water no longer appeals to me; rather, its potential to make my teeth to chatter causes me to give it a wide berth. I have a feeling I’m going to be very dehydrated this season!
For me, one of the tricky things about this time of year is trying to figure out how to have my cocktails and my warmth, too. The notion of a shot or two of my favourite spirits, spun around chunks of ice until the glass itself shivers and frosts up… well, it doesn’t sound all that enticing. But what’s a girl to do at the myriad winter gatherings ahead of her between now and the New Year? Sip on her hot green tea, the reluctant teetotaler? Heavens forbid.
Here are some ideas for cocktails that will warm up you and your guests in one way or another. You’re welcome. Now take that flannel hat off. You look ridiculous.
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