Picca launched new Fall cocktails earlier this month. Like other Bill Chait co-owned restaurants, Picca had half-priced cocktails on launch night. Beverage Director Julian Cox was on hand to give the Picca bartenders a hand while the bar was packed with regulars and newbies alike.
To match Picca’s opening drinks list offering of Boots with the Fur, Apple Bottom Jeans (bonded apple brandy, Don’s mix, chicha morada, gala apple juice, fresh citrus, dry curacao) joins the fray in a beautiful copper mug. And it’s not the only musical-minded cocktail. Cold War Kids (acholado pisco, fino sherry, 10-year cognac, lime, Vietnamese cinnamon syrup, Angostura) which is “all mixed up in the wash.”
Nacho Libre (pisco, lime, caramelized pineapple syrup, hibiscus tea, egg white, Peychaud’s bitters) was one of my faves of the night. I might add a dash of simple as it was a bit tart though.
And the greatest name for a drink, Pants Down (apricot brandy, lemon, Aperol, Cocchi Americano, soda water) keeps in mind that although it’s Fall, it’s still warm in LA. This would be a refreshing cocktail to start your night.
It’s Fall…what fruit and vegetables could we use in drinks? Oh, I know…how about a Sweet Potato Sour? That’s exactly what Picca came up with. Made with 5-year aged rum, sweet potato, brown sugar, lemon, clover honey, baking spices and egg white, this was a fresh take on a sour drink. I also liked Crush Groove (ancholado pisco, red grapes, lemon, evaporated cane sugar, seltzer, carbonated grapes garnish).
Ah, it may be time to head back to West LA for another cocktail.
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