LA's best summer cocktails to kick off the season

Beat the heat with the best summer cocktails in Los Angeles, from a rhubarb-infused martini to a fruity Aperol spritz

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Aperol Spritz ($12) at Goldie's: Aperol, sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, grapefruit shrub

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Soda Jerk ($12) at Melrose Umbrella Co.: Rum, bitters, almond-flavored syrup, ginger beer

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Blackberry Buck ($17) at Warwick: Bourbon, house blackberry ginger beer

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Disco Draft cocktail ($11) at Honeycut: Five disco draft cocktails rotate on a regular basis

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Mezcalada ($8) at La Cuevita: Roasted poblano pepper, clamato, del maguey vida mezcal, fresh lime, Corona

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The Devil's Gate ($11) at The Flintridge Proper: Plymouth gin, blackberries, basil, lemongrass, ginger

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Adult otter pop ($10) at The Church Key: Variety of cocktails (apple martinis, lemon drop) frozen with liquid nitrogen

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Balled-Up ($12) at Lock & Key: Bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, ginger beer, maple syrup grade B, mint leaves


The Golden Axe ($10) at East Borough: Rye, vermouth, ginger, mint

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Chartreuse Sour ($10) at Littlefork: Green chartreuse, letherbee gin, pineapple, lime, falernum, egg white, nutmeg

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The Westside ($11) at Scopa Italian Roots: Vodka, orgeat, cucumber, mint, lime

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Chasing Summer ($13) at The Powder Room: Saint George Botanivore gin, cardomom rosemary syrup, lime juice

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Pear & Rhubarb ($15) at Vaucluse: Absolut Pear, house-made rhubarb syrup, St. Germaine, fresh pear, cinnamon

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82 Pimms Cup ($12) at EightyTwo: Gin, Pimms, lemongrass, cucumber, mint, berries

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Gin and Bear It ($10) at Tom Bergin's Public House: House made jalapeño gin, cucumber, lime, salt

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Thai Town Mule ($12) at Mohawk Bend: Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka, fresh limes, lime juice, St.Clair Ginger Beer, lemongrass

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Princess and The Pea ($10) at Willie Jane: Gin, citrus, agave, split pea puree

There are a million reasons (OK, more like 31) why LA is the best city ever, but here's another one to add to the list: summer cocktails. True, a cold brewski while watching the Dodgers game at your favorite beer bar is a staple, but we've got a soft spot for throwing back fruit-filled libations on a rooftop lounge. To bring you this beautiful slideshow of cocktail porn (is that a thing?), we drank our way through seasonally savvy cocktail bars to find the most refreshing summer drinks in LA. You can buy us a drink as a thank you.

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