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Drink of the Week

French 75

  • 1 1/2oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • Fill with Champagne

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Today I found myself celebrating Bastille Day at Bagatelle in Hollywood.  Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to ‘French National Day’ which is celebrated on the 14th of July each year.

In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale and commemorates the storming of Bastille Fortress-prison on 14 July 1789.  The act of storming Bastille was seen as the uprising of the modern nation during the French Revolution and has been celebrated every year in France on the Anniversary of the event, since 1790.

They had created quite a party at Bagatelle.  Girls were dancing on table tops, French flags where flying everywhere and champagne was flowing heavily!

Zach gets in to character!

Zach Patterson (Head barman) had made an interesting version of the French 75 for the party and used ‘Lavender honey’ instead of simple syrup, which added an interesting floral note to the drink.

Both recipes (Zachs and the original above) are very similar in taste.  They’re both refreshing, bubbly, sweet and slightly citric drinks. Great options for Summer and a nice alternative to plain champagne for celebrations.

If you feel like getting in on some French action yourself this evening, have a go making the above recipe at home or head in to Bar Chloe in Santa Monica where they’ll be making them all night (for those who know to ask!)

Oui, Oui… ont une bonne soirée!

 (Yes, Yes… Have a good evening!)

Happy Bastille Day!

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VALENTINES SAVE THE DATE!

Hey everyone! So Valentines Day is fast approaching and I thought I would mention  just TWO events happening next week that you might be interested in… I personally hate how the restaurants in this city decide it’s ok to jack the prices through the roof and do a 5 course set menu (who wants that much food on a date?!) on Valentines Day, so this year my boyfriend and I have decided NOT to do the dinner route at all…but instead we have chosen to eat at home then have a fun time getting drunk on well made drinks at a great bar! I suggest you do the same!!! 😀

I am going to plug 2 events I heard about through USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) LA division…. There is the ‘Valentines Day Prom’ being held at Big Bar and an anti-Valentines ‘Love Stinks Kareoke’ being held at Neat.

Big Bar

1972 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

323 644 0100

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Big Bar will be hosting a ‘Midnight in Paris’ themed evening complete with artists, champagne cocktails, a punch bowl and a 17ft Eiffel Tower! I am told last years ‘Prom’ was a huge success, so I myself will be attending this year. I am looking forward to it and will report back on how it went!

Please Note: I have never been to Big Bar but will be reviewing it (as best I can in a probable drunken state) after the Prom. I have heard nothing but good things about the drink program there and am excited to check it out. If you have a special someone to go with you, I suggest you check it out. For more information go to their facebook page here.

Alternatively….

1114 N Pacific Avenue, Glendale, CA 91202

818 241 4542

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For those of you who HATE the idea of Valentines day, but still want to go out and get a decent drink then definitely head over to Neat.  I will be posting my full review for Neat soon, as I have been there a few times now and have always had an enjoyable time.

The wonderful and vibrant Aidan Demarest (who opened 2 of the best bars in LA- Seven Grand and Spare room) owns this place. As to be expected he has put together a great team and a slightly different approach to a drinks program here.  For those who don’t know him, Aidan is the co-founder of the cocktail consultation company Liquid Assets with his business partner, Marcos Tello.  He has bounced from bar to bar in LA and done magic with them, I will go in to more detail when I put up my full review, but what’s good to know is despite the commute to Glendale (which I know can be a put off for some of you in West LA) it is absolutely worth the journey. It really is a great little bar with a fun atmosphere and fantastic drinks, and honestly from personal experience and many would happily admit AIDAN DEMAREST CAN THROW A PARTY!!!

Really what more could you want?!  If you don’t have a ‘someone special’ for Valentines or you have just started dating and don’t want to do the dinner route then definitely head here, you will have a fun and crazy time for sure! It is being hosted by Caroline on Crack, there will be hand crafted cocktails for just $8 and Kareoke. Err hello?! What more could you ask for!?

ENJOY YOURSELF AND HAVE A HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

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