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Folks have been trying for years, but we may have finally scored some L.A.-inspired cocktails (a la “the Manhattan” for New York) that will stick. The results are in from the Sub-District Cocktail Competition—a contest among the city’s top bartenders to create drinks for each of Downtown’s districts (Toy, Jewelry, Chinatown, etc). Marcos Tello of the Edison organized the competition and the winners were chosen on Sunday by L.A.’s own “Dr. Cocktail” and founder of the Internet Cocktail Database, Ted Haigh. We’ll have the full list of local bars that will be pouring these libations later this week, but for now, here’s an early peek. Congrats to all the winners.

1) Historic Core Cocktail
* 1.5 oz. Bonded Rye
* .5 oz. Bonded Applejack
* .5 oz. Green Chartreuse
* .5 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica)
* Dash Anostura
Stir & Strain
Lemon Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: John Coltharp (Seven Grand Whiskey Bar)

2) Spring Street District Cocktail
* 1 oz. Cachaca (Sagatiba)
* 1 oz. Campari
* .5 oz. Peach Liqueur (Mathilde Peach)
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters (preferably a 50/50 blend of Fee Bros. Orange Bitters & Regan’s No. 6)
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel (Discard) – Cocktail Glass
By: Marcos Tello (The Edison)

3) The Little Tokyo Cocktail
* 2 oz. Rye (Rittenhouse 100 if possible)
* .5 oz. Orgeat
* 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir & Strain
Orange Peel & Grated Cinnamon – Cocktail Glass
By: Jonathan Stout (Enthusiast)

4) The Bunker Hill Cocktail
* 2 oz. Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon (1998)
* 1 oz. Calvados Prestige
* 1 oz. Sandeman’s 20 year Tawny Port
* 2 Drops Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
* 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Stir & Strain
Orange Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Ted Haigh (Museum of the American Cocktail)

5) Arts District Cocktail
* 2 oz. Rye
* .5 oz. Cynar
* .25 oz. Benedictine
Stir & Strain
Grapefruit Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Leo Rivas (Seven Grand Whiskey Bar)

6) The Toy District Cocktail
* 1 oz. Greek Brandy (Metaxa 7 Star)
* 1 oz. Rye Whiskey (Rittehouse 100)
* .75 oz. Amaro Ramazotti (Torani Amer may be substituted for the Ramazzotti if unavailable. The new reformulation of Torani Amer loses the vegetal notes of the previous version and is very forward with bitter orange and spice, which also works well in this drink.)
* .5 oz. Lillet Blanc
2 Slices of Fresh Ginger
Muddle, Stir & Fine Strain
Ginger Slice & Orange Peel – Old-Fashioned Glass
By: Chuck Taggart (Enthusiast)

7) The Skid Row Cocktail
* 2 oz. Genever (Bols)
* .5 oz. Apricot Liqueur (I prefer Orchard Apricot by Rothman & Winter, but Marie Brizard will work too.)
* .5 oz. Ramazotti
* Dash of Orange Bitters (Fee Bros.)
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel – Cocktail Coupe
By: Eric Alperin (The Varnish)

8) Old Bank Cocktail
* 2 oz. Extra Anejo Rum (Brugal)
* .5 oz. Velvet Falernum (John D. Taylor’s)
* .5 oz. Carpano Antica
* Dash Angostura
Stir & Strain
Lemon Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Chris Ojeda (The Edison)

9) Civic Center Cocktail
* 2 oz. Bonded Applejack
* .75 oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
* .5 oz. Tawny Port
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters (preferably a 50/50 blend of Fee Bros. Orange Bitters & Regan’s No. 6)
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Joseph Brooke (The Edison/Copa D’Oro)

10) Fashion District Cocktail
* 2.5 Cognac
* .5 oz. Orange Curacao
* .25 oz. Honey Syrup (50/50 mix)
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Stir & Strain
2 Luxardo Amarena Cherries – Aperol-rinsed, Cocktail Glass
By: Eric Tecosky (Jones)

11) Broadway Theater District Cocktail
* 2 oz. Tequila Anejo (El Tesoro)
* .75 oz. Bianco Vermouth (Dolan)
* .25 oz. Benedictine
* Dash Grapefruit Bitters (Bitterman’s or Fee’s)
* Dash Mole Bitters (Bitterman’s)
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel – Absinthe(St. George) rinsed, Champagne Coupe
By: Daniel Eun (PDT)

12) Flower District Cocktail
* 2 oz. Anejo Tequila (Partida)
* .75 oz. Agavero
* .5 oz. Velvet Falernum
* 2 Dashes of Fee Bros. Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Edwin Cruz (Tlapazola Grill)

13) Chinatown Cocktail
* 1.5 oz. Laird’s Applejack
* .75 oz. Ginger Liqueur (Canton)
* .5 oz. Dry Vermouth
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Stir & Strain
Thin Apple Wheel Floating on Top – Cocktail Glass
By: Jinjur Van Vogelpoel (The Edison)

14) Central City West Cocktail
* 2 oz. New Western Gin
* .5 oz. Aperol
* .5 oz. Cointreau
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters (preferably a 50/50 blend of Fee Bros. Orange Bitters & Regan’s No. 6)
Stir & Strain
Lemon Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Andrew Smith (The Edison)

15) Gallery Row Cocktail
* 2 oz. Genever (Genevieve)
* .5 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Noilly Prat)
* .5 oz. Benedictine
* Dash of Orange Bitters (preferably a 50/50 blend of Fee Bros. Orange Bitters & Regan’s No. 6)
Stir & Strain
Orange Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Juan Sevilla (The Edison)

16) South Park Cocktail
* 1.75 oz. Bourbon
* .75 oz. Dry Vermouth
* .25 oz. Coffee Liqueur
* Dash Orange Bitters
* Dash Peychaud Bitters
Stir & Strain
Lemon Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Matt Blackhart (Enthusiast)

17) Jewelry District Cocktail
* .75 oz. Bourbon (Bulleit)
* .75 oz. Applejack
* .5 oz. Sweet Vermouth (preferably Vya)
* .5 oz. Honey Liqueur (Barenjager)
* 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
* 2 Dashes Barrel Aged Whiskey Bitters (Fee Bros.)
Stir & Strain
Flamed Orange Peel – Cocktail Glass
By: Rachel Shaw (Malo Taqueria)

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