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Don’t know much about cocktails, and know almost nothing about the cocktail scene. and probably would be turned off by it. But I have found that I love cocktails that are spicy…

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  • nlk Dec 12, 2011 06:31 PM
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Don’t know much about cocktails, and know almost nothing about the cocktail scene. and probably would be turned off by it. But I have found that I love cocktails that are spicy…

The Dry Harbor at Sunny Spot at some kind of habanero in it.
Had something similar at A Frame
And the bartender at Harold and Belles made me something that had a kick to it a few months back.

Are spicy drinks gimmicky, and real cocktail drinkers wouldn’t put a high quality liquor in such a drink?

Are there particular spots that do a drink or two like this really well?

Is there a way to get such a cocktail without having to endure an over the top bartender or cocktail scene…meaning is there a cocktail that fits the bill that I can order at an every day type of non sophisticated bar?

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  1. Not really sure why you assume you would be turned off by the cocktail scene. I think the cocktail scene is populated by some of the same people that would eat at Sunny Spot and A Frame. Most of the places that are part of the cocktail scene have skilled bartenders where you can simply tell them, "I like cocktails that are spicy" and they will expertly (hopefully) make you something that fits the bill.

    1886 did a spicy cocktail w/ Genevers at an event a few months back... You might be able to coax that out of them. Plus 1886 is a bit more low key.

    1. I don't normally go out just for cocktails. We have them as part of our normal dining process so having to deal with any "over the top bartender or cocktail scene..." is not something I ever even think about.

      For spicy cocktails (which I also really enjoy) I loved the hot & sour gimlet at Lukshon in Culver City. The ingredients are as follows: monopolova vodka, dragon chile, lime, thai basil and kinh gioi (which is a Vietnamese herb that is also called Vietnamese mint and has a lemony flavor to it).

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      Lukshon
      3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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      1. re: Servorg

        That drink sounds great. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. And I've been wanting to try lukshon for a while anyway

      2. The Burning Mandarin at Katsuya has jalapeno infused vodka with a sugar rim. My wife particularly likes them. I think the taste is very good too however I prefer martinis.....