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What is Jenever?

Welcome to another Monday lesson! This week, we’re going Dutch and no we don’t mean on a date. Jenver is the official liquor of The Netherlands and Belgium, so why haven’t you heard of it? Well, it’s got a rival cousin that kind of stole the spotlight, the story is fascinating, cheers to learning!

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Tony Gonzales

Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? January’s honor belongs to Tony Gonzales, we met him nearly a year ago when we reviewed the Happy Hour over at District DTLA. What he’s doing with ice, flamethrowers, and medicine cocktails blew us away. Get to know Tony one on one like we did and learn all about his ice carving skills, where he likes to go for Happy Hour, and how he plans to revolutionize the industry.

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The end of January is here! We’re ready to treat ourselves to a dessert cocktail. Don’t worry, this Drink of the Week is actually as healthy as it gets in terms of ingredients and citrus deliciousness. We’re speaking Italian this week and making Sgroppino. Cheers!

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What is Arak?

If you thought we were staying in the western hemisphere to learn about liqueurs, you are dead wrong. Let’s keep heading east from Italy to the Mediterranean and learn about Arak- the anise liqueur that reigns over countries such as Lebanon or Indonesia. If we know anything about those cultures is that they know higher extremes than the rest of us, so as they say: “When in Rome…” except we’re not in Rome, so let’s dive into this wild liqueur. Cheers to learning!

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Bar Franca

Happy Hour: 4.6/5

Overall: 4.5/5

What’s cheeky, sexy, and a garnish in almost every cocktail? Hint: It’s a cherry. That’s the sign you gotta look for when wandering around the Historic Core in DTLA and if you’re not looking for this hidden gem you might miss it. Bar Franca may only be 5 months old, but the drinks have been a favorite of locals and those in the industry since day one. So when it was made known that their Happy Hour was debuting, we had to visit. Check out what we drank at our new favorite local joint where the only theme is - quality. Cheers!

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What is Drambuie?

Happy Monday everyone! We’re switching things up today and visiting Scotland to explore all about the mysterious Drambuie. Turns out the Scots have more than scotch cultivating up there! Learn all about how this liqueur played a major part in Scotland’s history, which families fought hardest to keep it alive, and where you can find it today. Cheers to learning!

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Black Velvet

We’re sticking to light cocktails this month, to help you all keep your NYE resolution, and this week’s drink is for the beer lovers. The Black Velvet cocktail is a mysterious looking mix of two very different ingredients that will certainly have you on your back if you drink too many. We dug into a bit of the history and of course provided you with the recipe for the right way to make it. Cheers!

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What is Amaro?

We’ve talked French liqueurs up a great deal, but what about its ultimate competitor? Italy has some of the best spirits and liqueurs out there. So today, we’re choosing the boot this time and focusing on a wide range of bitters Italians have perfected. Grab a shaker and a rocks glass because we are talking about Amaro today! Cheers to learning!

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White Wine Spritzer

Our first Drink of the Week for 2019 is in honor of those of you who are giving it your all to stick to your NYE resolution of feeling good and looking even better. A White Wine Spritzer is the perfect drink to keep the calories, sugars, and alcohol content at bay. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Cheers!

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What is Aguardiente?

Unless you’ve been backpacking through South America you may have never heard of Aguardiente. Lucky for you, we’re liquor nerds (plus, Mariana is Colombian) so we studied up on the sugarcane liquor that rules Colombia and a few other countries. Who knew they were brewing more than coffee down there?! Cheers to learning!

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Sunny Lam

Every month, we gather intel on the best Happy Hours in LA, but where would we be if not for the dedication of bartenders? December’s honor belongs to Sunny Lam, we met him early on the scene at Hock + Hoof during our Happy Hour review. What he did with Soju based cocktails blew us away. Now, he’s serving up all kinds of creative concoctions at the newly opened Here and Now in the Arts District in DTLA. Get to know Sunny one on one like we did and learn all about what he considers to be the most important part of running a business, how he made his way to DTLA from NorCal.

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