La Dolce Vita Celebrates the Beverly Hills Centennial

Last night, I had the chance to visit La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills and check out their cocktail menu.  The new menu includes “The 100”, a cocktail that commemorates the Beverly Hills Centennial.  This classic, Italian restaurant has quite a rich history in Beverly Hills.  Frank Sinatra was a regular along with President Ronald Reagan and Sammy Davis Jr.  It only seems fitting that they would partake in the city’s milestone celebration!

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“The 100” is a cocktail mixing Stolichnaya 100 Proof Vodka, lemon juice, and Prosecco.  The fresh flavors make it a great way to start a meal, especially during the warm months ahead.  A nice way to commemorate such an occasion for Beverly Hills.

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In addition the “The 100”, there were also a couple of other standouts on the cocktail list.  “The Rouge” features 1800 Silver Tequila, grapefruit, lime juice and Serrano pepper.  The spice from the Serrano is addicting and will keep you reaching for another sip.

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I also really enjoyed “The Paper Lion”.  Hendricks Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and fresh basil comprise this satisfying cocktail.

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If you want to join in on the centennial celebration for Beverly Hills, I would definitely stop into La Dolce Vita and check out “The 100” along with the rest of their cocktail creations and Italian cuisine.  A quintessential restaurant that has definitely made its mark on the rich history of Beverly Hills.

La Dolce Vita
9785 Santa Monica Boulevard
Beverly Hills, Ca 90210

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ROK Sushi Kitchen Spring Cocktail Preview

Just a few weeks under my belt as an “Angeleno” and I am already joining in on the wine and food community around me.  On Tuesday night, I was invited to preview the new spring cocktail menu at ROK Sushi Kitchen in Hermosa Beach.  ROK has been a staple in the Hermosa Beach community since 2010 but they are now under new management.  After trying out the new menu, it seems like they are really trying to elevate their cocktail program by bringing fresh new tastes to their menu!

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The new spring creations at Rok Sushi

We had the chance to sip 4 of ROK’s new offerings paired with some tasty apps.  We started off the night with a refreshing cocktail called the Bubbly Cali.  This creation consists of sparkling wine, Medlock Ames Verjus, gin, basil, and simple syrup.  It was a great way to kick off the evening and it paired really well with the fresh shrimp spring rolls we were served.

The second cocktail we tasted from the new menu was the Shishito Pepper Martini.  This cocktail featured shishito pepper infused vodka combined with shishito pepper simple syrup, Combier Orange Liqueur, and lime juice.  Light, not too spicy, and pretty creative.

Pouring the Shishito Pepper Martini
Pouring the Shishito Pepper Martini

Next up was an innovative take on the trendy Moscow Mule called the Tokyo Mule.  A blend of Tozai Typhoon Sake, house-made ginger simple syrup, Banzai Bunny Sake, and fresh ginger.  This was the stand-out of the night for me.  Not overly sweet and really aromatic.  I am pretty sure dinner guests at my house will be served one of these in the near future. 🙂

We wrapped up the night with ROK’s Floral Citrus cocktail.  A beautiful drink containing gin, Aperol, lemon juice, Combier Orange Liqueur, and violet liqueur.  This was a little on the flowery side for my taste buds but it was definitely a well-presented creation.

The beautiful presentation of the Floral Citrus cocktails
The beautiful presentation of the Floral Citrus cocktails

Overall, ROK Sushi Kitchen’s new spring cocktail list is a great showing of well-conceived cocktails that really pair well with Asian fare.  I am definitely going to stop back in to enjoy a Tokyo Mule in the near future!

ROK Sushi Kitchen

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