BRIGHTER DAYS (COPA D’ORO, SANTA MONICA, CALIF.) Italian-born bartender Vincenzo Marianella is the brains behind Copa d’Oro in Santa Monica, and Brighter Days, one of his cocktail creations, demonstrates his daring side. Made with Monkey Shoulder blended-malt scotch, mezcal, Amaro Zucca, Amaro Lucano and Jerry Thomas bitters, the drink is stirred and strained over a big ice cube in a rocks glass with an orange peel garnish.
How To Make Patrice Plante’s Desert Eagle 1 ounce Tequila Reposado 100% agave 0.75 ounce Cognac (or good quality brandy) 1 ounce homemade limonade 0.5 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice A dash of agave nectar 3 slices of cucumber A small bouquet of fresh coriander 1 or 2 drops of Bittermens Hellfire bitter (Can’t find it? Just add a slice of green jalapeno pepper to the shaker. Do not muddle or you’ll burn your lips.)
NECROMANCER oz Tenneyson Absinthe oz Lillet Blanc oz Pür Likör Blossom Elderflower Liqueur oz Lemon juice 1 dash Gin Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.