Lifestyle, News
Dec 24, 2018

Best of 2018: Spirits That Raise Your Spirits This Holiday Season!

Lets face it…the holidays can be both stressful and fun and both require a good drink!  Here’s our favorite cocktails, local lounges, distilleries and gift boxes you should be ordering. Cheers!

Throughout 2018, we’ve certainly raised a few glasses. Here’s our list of FAVS!


Starting with our favorite cocktail. You can either head over to the Doheny Room or create this mixology delight at home…

-1.5oz Bombay Sapphire Gin,
-2 slices muddled cucumber
-.5oz st. germain
-.5oz lemon,
-.5oz simple syrup
-1 sprig of rosemary
Top With Sprig of Rosemary and Garnish With Cucumber Slice

















While we technically can’t have two favorite cocktails, we HAD TO create a special category for this holiday FAV! I mean how could you not have eggnog at Christmas…

-Locally Made Spiced Rum
-Coconut Cream
-Winter Spice Syrup
Topped With a Winter Spiced Whipped Cream and Freshly Grated Nutmeg











If you’re having a holiday party or just need a fabulous night out on the town, we recommend La Fete, the Parisian-themed cocktail bar adjacent to Norah. The ambience of this cozy, trendy lounge will have you ready to move in permanently.   Our favorite drink to oder? Voila!


We recommend the La Fete’s First Snow!
-Homemade strawberry balsamic cordial
-Fresh lemon

















Is an experience more your speed? Then head to downtown Los Angeles and schedule a tour and tasting at Our/Los Angeles vodka.

FAVORITE LOCAL DISTILLERY: Our/ Vodka (Our/ Los Angeles) 

Our/Vodka is distilled with local ingredients for each city, creating a unique flavor that fits the city’s personality. Our/Los Angeles vodka uses  a patented yeast that is traditionally utilized by vineyards. It is a two wheat blend that ends with a citrus note.  The distillery is located in the arts district downtown- a great way to spend the day- and the vodka is bottled in 375ml bottles and sealed with a custom reusable cap making it perfect for portability! Check out all their cocktail recipes.

Our Los Angeles













If you’re a lover of craft alcohol, Shots Box is your holiday gift must-have that keeps on giving all year long.  The monthly subscription connects  craft distilleries to people nationwide as a way for consumers to discover and taste craft spirits in sample sizes before making the commitment to buy a full-sized bottle.

For $39.99 USD each month, subscribers receive 10 liquor samples and custom recipe cards. Every month, members are able to try the hand-selected craft distilled samples, discover new favorites, and start shopping for liquor with confidence. On the Shots Box platform, subscribers can also share reviews of each sample and browse reviews left by other alcohol enthusiasts, as well as purchase the full-size bottles on the website.

The best part? These spirits will lift your spirit with their charitable donation to Thirst Project. Shots Box is committed to raising $12,000 in one year for The Thirst Project to help end the global water crisis. This amount will fund one full project, building a well in Africa, serving a community of 500 people with clean drinking water FOR LIFE! For every two full-size craft liquor bottles ordered at, 50 cents will be donated to the charity, which covers one person with clean drinking water for a year.