San Francisco’s Trick Dog Is Making Chinese Takeout-Inspired Cocktails at E.P. & L.P. on Monday

How could you resist a General Tso’s Jello shot from a James Beard nominee?

If you’re out of town this Labor Day you may want to come back early. James Beard-nominated bar Trick Dog from San Francisco is taking over the bar at E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood on Monday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The last bar takeover with Chicago’s Lost Lake on the L.P. Rooftop was such a huge hit with Los Angeles bartenders and the cocktail community swarming the space. This one, when Trick Dog showcases its infamous Chinese takeout-themed cocktail menu, is sure to bring cocktail enthusiasts from afar—like the O.C.-far.

How did E.P. & L.P. Beverage Director Alex Straus get the coveted bar team to come down to L.A. for this one-night-only event? He’s actually a member of the Bon Vivants, a cocktail and hospitality company that handles Trick Dog. Yeah, pretty awesome.

For those who don’t know, Trick Dog is known for not just updating its menu with seasonal cocktails but adopting an entire theme for each one. Previous themes have been Pantone, Records, and Horoscope. Currently it’s Dog Calendar. Squee!

And on Monday, Trick Dog Program Director Morgan Schick, Bar Manager Caitlin Laman (Food & Wine 2014 Best New Mixologist and Miss Speed Rack USA 2015), and Bartender Kimberly Roselle will be behind the stick to serve up the “Chinese Takeout” themed cocktails featuring Asian ingredients like gunpowder tea, soy, and licorice root.

Here’s a peek at the menu. And, yes, there will be a special Trick Dog Tiki mug ($20) available for purchase.

General Tso’s Jello Shot ($4): Ancho Reyes, strawberry soy, white chocolate. “It’s spicy and savory and sweet and tart. I’m hoping it tastes like something you’d dip your egg roll into, but that you would want to drink on its own,” says Schick.

Shao Mai ($10): Tequila Ocho Plata, cucumber, gunpowder tea

Clay Pot ($10): Rutte celery gin; fino sherry, coconut, kaffir, licorice root, lime

Dan Dan ($10): Encanto pisco, Atlantico white rum, Mandarine Napoléon; five spice, lime

Coincidentally downstairs at 7:30 p.m. in the E.P. restaurant, Executive Chef Louis Tikaram will team up with Dan Hong (Mr. Wong, Ms. G’s, Papi Chulo, El Loco in Sydney) and Jowett Yu (Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong) for a one-night-only seven-course modern Asian dinner ($125/person).

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