Angelenos, despite their growing passion for all things organic, not to mention year-round access to vibrant local produce, rarely consider the provenance of their cocktail’s ingredients. We’re misbehaving if we’re drinking in the first place, right? So what difference do healthier ingredients make? The difference, it turns out, is noteworthy—fewer nasty chemicals in your bloodstream, and less of an environmental impact.
With that in mind, here are two stellar cocktails that showcase delicious organic and local drink ingredients:
Top Chef All-Star Antonia Lofaso recently opened Black Market Liquor Bar in Studio City to great applause. The bar’s latest, farmers’ market-inspired cocktail menu is about to roll out; look for the Mai Date, which features house vodka infused with fresh, local organic dates, Rhum Agricole, a handmade all-natural orgeat made downtown by St. Vincent Syrups, curaçao, Angostura bitters and freshly squeezed lime juice. The finishing touch? The bartenders fill one half of a farmers’ market lime with Jamaican rum, and voila! A beautiful, tasty garnish.
It’s rare to see a chain restaurant offer organic beverages of any sort, but Rosa Mexicano does just that. Their white Sangría Organica uses Crop Harvest Earth organic cucumber vodka, an organic chardonnay and fresh pineapple and lime for a crisp, balanced twist on the traditional bebida.
Want more cocktails like these? If you (kindly) ask your favorite mixologist, “Is this bourbon organic? Are those grapefruit local?”—perhaps more bars will begin using higher quality ingredients. We’ll raise a glass to that!
Image of bartender at Black Market Liquor Bar by Flickr user Caro Scuro.