1886 Bar’s Hot Sangria features spiced wine infused with blueberries.
Patty O’Green is a boozy hot chocolate adorned with a marshmallow and a candy cane.
The new San Paolo Fix is a shaken cocktail made with Cachaça and blackberry jam.
The Bull’s Eye comprises Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Amaro Nocino, and a touch of Cassis.
The Snowbird is a pumpkin-spice Chai latte spiked with rum.
The Raymond Restaurant’s 1886 Bar opted out of the usual winter drink menu to take a walk on the wild side with new libations inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. The result is a small but mighty 12-drink menu consisting of boundary-pushing, wildly tasty cocktails divvied up into three categories: hot, stirred, and shaken.
Though LA is spoiled with near-perfect weather on the regular, a warming cocktail from the “hot” section hits the spot on a chilly night. Try the berry-infused Hot Sangria, which comes garnished with a stick of cinnamon and a blood orange twist, or The Snowbird—a tasty rum-based pumpkin-spice Chai latte.
If you’re in the mood for something chilled and stirred, the bourbon-spiked Memphis Bound comprises brown sugar and barbecue bitters with bacon and jalapeno for garnish. The From Prussia with Love, on the other hand, is a Valentine’s Day-apropos mixture that boasts blood orange-infused vodka, Lillet Rouge, Benedictine, and orange bitters.
But the shaken Rico Suave is the cocktail list’s true star, with a two-drink max per customer due to its complex, time-consuming assembly. The beer-based libation is an amped-up iteration of an ancient Mexican recipe—fermented corn, pineapple, and spices—complemented with German Hefeweizen. 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-441-3136