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Around the World in 80 Sips

Summer is all about traveling, but just because you can’t leave Los Angeles doesn’t mean you can’t travel the globe. Here is a look at the best places to taste the world right now in your own back yard.

Brazil

Don’t let your fear of the zika virus keep you from a taste of the Olympics this year. Baltaire’s Bar & Lounge in Brentwood is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a cocktail while cheering on those with more discipline than you projected on a giant screen.

What you’ll be drinking: The Cabral made with with Cachaca 51, kumquat, celery juice, and lime ($15)

Baltaire_The Cabral

Cuba

Beat the summer heat at Faith & Flower with a variation of the Cuban canchánchara created by Head Bartender Darwin Pornel. Expect a drink that is little on the tart and dry side but balanced with a sweet sugar rim.

What you’ll be drinking: A St. Tropez Daisy made with Rhum Agricole, Ferrand Dry Curacao, honey, lime, and orange bitters  ($14)

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France 

Head to the Côte d’Azur along with Head Bartender Ryan Wainwright this season at Terrine. Best of all their large outdoor patio makes it one of the best baby-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles.

What you’ll be drinking: A Crazy Jacques, made with Wild Turkey 101 rye whiskey, pommeau, calisaya, lemon, honey, and Pernod absinthe ($12)

Terrine_Crazy Jacques

Germany

For the best selection of beers and brats head to The Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake where there is a pub for everyone. If you find yourself entering on the street level you might forget the sun still shines, but hey that’s why most people go to bars.  Luckily when you’re ready to come up for air they have outdoor beer garden upstairs!

Italy

Leave your troubles behind on the veranda deck at Mr. C Beverly Hills starting at 5 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays from now until August 23rd. During their Spritz Social, guests can sample 4 variations on the Italian spritzer and nibble on food favorites from Cipriano while swaying to live DJ music that’s sure to carry you off to sea.

What you’ll be drinking: Aperol Herbal Spritz made with aperol, Belvedere vodka, a rosemary stem, an orange slice and prosecco ($16.95)

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Japan

As a restaurant that prides itself on having the best sushi in Los Angeles, it’s only natural that Q in DTLA would pair it with the best sake.

What you’ll be drinking: Click here to find out…

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Korea

Culver City’s ever popular Hanjip is serving house-made bottled soju cocktails inspired by typical Korean beverages. Be sure to pair one of these with their fabulous $15 lunch combo which includes a signature rice bowl as well as BBQ meats like beef bulgogi, marinated short rib, or pork belly.

What you’ll be drinking: Psy-co (think “Gangnam Style”). A lime skin-infused soju, with coconut water, and coconut pulp poured over housemade vanilla bean yogurt foam ($10)

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Mexico

Ditch the pre-made mixer and delight in authentic Mexican margaritas at Chef Rick Bayless’s Red O in Santa Monica. Order one of 5 variations of the margarita, or a tequila flight comprised of three one-ounce pours that just might have you saying “red-olé.”
What you’ll be drinking: The House Margarita made with Epsilon blanco tequila, house-made Limonada, triple sec. and served on the rocks with a salt rim ($7 during their daily happy hour)
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