Punch has a bad rap. (Hello, old-fashioned quaff found at awkward school dances.) But now Los Angeles’s hippest bars and restaurants are giving it new life.
Here, a few of our favorites:
Apple-Laced Champagne At Bagatelle on La Cienega, you can find the bright green Apple Pie Punchbowl, a combination of Tito’s vodka, apple puree, cinnamon, lemon juice and Champagne. Mixologist Tommy Day Carey’s bright, fresh drink comes in bowls designed to serve 15 ($250). Bagatelle, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-659-3900 or bagatellelosangeles.com
Elegant Elixirs Cameo Bar at the Viceroy Santa Monica offers a new “elixir” each week ($8 to $14 a glass). We’re still salivating over the Raspberry Lemonade Sangria (red wine, Stoli Razberi vodka, peach schnapps and juice), which is a fruitier, more layered iteration of the yummy Spanish classic. Cameo Bar at the Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica; 310-260-7500 or viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
Rum Punch At Eveleigh in West Hollywood, head barman Dave Kupchinsky’s Ti-Punch is the simplest of the bunch: It’s just booze, a lime squeeze and a dash of sugar. He whips up three versions using aged and varietal rums, which he serves in a flight for $12. Eveleigh, 8752 Sunset Blvd.; 424-239-1630 or theeveleigh.com