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10 LA Cocktails Mixing Sprits With Wild Abandon

You Wouldn't Think They'd Go Together, But...

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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A little tequila with some bourbon.

A concoction of whisky, overproof rum and banana liqueur.

A simple mix of mezcal and gin.

It may sound like someone is raiding their parents' liquor cabinet and doing the best they can with the contents. But actually, it's a mounting trend we're seeing a lot more of in LA cocktail bars these days.

Complex cocktails involving two or more base spirits once thought of as independent players. Yes, today's bartenders can't help but cross their streams, seeking greater complexity and character by mixing rum and gin. And tequila and cachaça. And so on and so forth.

"We have been playing with this a lot over the years to find ways to open new doors to flavor combinations," Melrose Umbrella's Zach Patterson explains. "Sometimes you will find the most unlikely pairs go amazing together. Which goes without saying, sometimes they definitely do not."

So we waded through the workable and not-so-workable to bring you 10 Mixed-Spirit Drinks that you can try today

Enjoy.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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