American Whiskey Tasting & Education
Steingarten, West Los Angeles
Bourbon, wheat or rye? It’s all whiskey! As Steingarten, West LA’s newest craft beer and specialty cocktail bar, whipped up tasty appetizers to compliment several whiskeys, Heaven Hill Distilleries, maker of such bourbons as Evan Williams and Elijah Craig Single Barrel, taught us the processes that go into creating this delicious beverage, and educated us on tasting notes.
Crawling for Champagne
Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica
In search of the perfect glass of champagne, we started at Shangri-La’s rooftop bar, imbibed on Domaine Chandon at Loews Hotel’s Ocean & Vine, sampled lots of Taittinger at La Cachette, and ended with jeroboams of Champenoise de Roederer Estate at Casa Del Mar Hotel just in time to watch the sunset.
Cocktail Mixology 101
Bar Toscana, Brentwood
Specializing in exotic cocktails that have bold, Italian-inspired flavors and fresh, seasonal ingredients, the skilled mixologists at Bar Toscana taught us how to shake that jigger ‘Cocktail’ style while sharing their secrets to crafting the perfect cocktails.