Talking Cocktails on KPCC Radio

Posted on December 23, 2013 by & filed under food.

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Want to know more about how the classic cocktail scene gained so much steam here in L.A.? Or maybe you just want to know what types of drinks you need to be able to mix to wow the pants off a your date. No matter what your motives are, you’ll definitely enjoy my segment with John Rabe that aired today on KPCC’s Offramp .

I went on panel with a bunch of other cocktail experts like Javier Cabral (LA Times Food, KCET Food, Saveur, etc.); Daniel Djang, who founded the blog Thirsty in LA; and Naomi Schimek, beverage director at Spare Room Hollywood and VP of the LA chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild at the Virgil to talk all about the history of the classic cocktail renaissance, and where the scene is going from here.

You can check out a portion of the segment at KPCC here. Or just listen below.

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