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LA's best summer cocktails to kick off the season

Beat the heat with the best summer cocktails in Los Angeles, from a snap pea-topped libation to a popsicle dunked in a michelada

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 collection of cocktail porn, 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.

RECOMMENDED: Summer in Los Angeles

Try these refreshing summer cocktails

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
1/14

Strawberry Puff at Terrine

It looks like the kind of drink a unicorn might sip on after a night spent frolicking in the clouds, but Terrine's Strawberry Puff is deceptively strong. Hayman's Old Tom gin gives it a kick while strawberries, lemon and cream make it look My Little Pony-friendly. $15

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Beverly
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2/14

Pea Funk at Barrel & Ashes

Seemingly plucked straight from the farmers' market, Pea Funk at Barrel & Ashes features snap peas, Oro Blanco, lime, pisco and soda. Order one even if you don't have a green thumb. $13

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Studio City
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
3/14

Tequila in the Garden at The Larchmont

There's tequila, lime, muddled cucumber and ground peppercorn in this cocktail, but the kicker is a hefty dose of fresh arugula which offsets the cucumber's sweetness. It's like a salad in a drink, so it's totally healthy...right? $14

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Los Angeles
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4/14

Into Her Arms at Big Bar

Absolut elyx, strawberry shrub, lemon and freshly made jam make up this refreshing cocktail, a drink perfect for sipping on Big Bar's spacious patio during a scorching summer afternoon. $12

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Los Feliz
Photograph: Courtesy Now Boarding
5/14

D.B. Cooper at Now Boarding

Settle into your seat at this retro, airline-themed bar for the D.B. Cooper, a blend of Olmeco Altos Blanco tequila, watermelon and lime, with a hint of jalapeño for a necessary kick. $14

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West Hollywood
Photograph: Courtesy Eveleigh
6/14

Cynar Julep at Eveleigh

Crafted by Eveleigh bartender Garrett Mikell and debuting in the restaurant's new cocktail bible earlier this year, the Cynar Julep includes Cynar, grapefruit, mint and cane sugar for a drink that practically screams summer. $13

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West Hollywood
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
7/14

Swipe Right at Harlowe

Consider this for your next Tinder date: the Swipe Right at Harlowe, featuring Avion Blanco tequila, green Chartreuse, Ancho Reyes, lime, pineapple and falernum. If you need a little liquid courage, this is it. $14

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West Hollywood
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
8/14

Going Down Unher at The Church Key

Leave it to The Church Key to come up with cheeky names for its cocktails. This particular bad boy combines Bacardi rum, eucalyptus syrup, passionfruit purée and yellow Chartreuse, and we take zero responsibility for what happens after you've had a couple of these. $14

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West Hollywood
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9/14

Coco Pina Fresca at Warwick

When sipped in Warwick's new Capri-themed space, the Coco Pina Fresca makes you feel like you've landed on a luxurious island. Rum and pineapple juice are topped with a fluffy coconut foam and sprinkled with lime zest for a heavenly taste of the tropics. $17

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Hollywood
Photograph: Laura Ford
10/14

Dark Forest at Faith & Flower

Take a break from your usual order of the Milk Punch at Faith & Flower and instead try the Dark Forest, a fruit forward libation using Angostura, Kirshwasser (a cherry brandy), cinnamon, lemon and fresh pineapple. $14

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Downtown
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
11/14

Greenhouse at Fig & Olive

Think of it as a supplement to your juice cleanse: boasting arugula, celery and lemon juice, the Greenhouse at Fig & Olive is as vitamin-rich as cocktails come. Oh yeah, it also has rum. $12

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West Hollywood
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
12/14

KCB at Redbird

The KCB is weird but fantastic: gin, apricot and cumin-spiced kümmel result in a savory flavor profile that meanders between sweet and spicy. $12

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Downtown
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13/14

Ring My Bell at Gracias Madre

Ring My Bell is divided into two outstanding components: a tall glass of Uinta extra pale ale, tamari and lemon; and a roasted red pepper paleta that leaves your mouth tingling. Dunk that sucker into your drink to make you feel like a kid who just got into her parent's liquor cabinet. $12.

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West Hollywood
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
14/14

Ramos Gin Fizz at The Little Easy

Add this classic to your tab at the New Orleans-themed bar: the Ramos Gin Fizz, a funky blend of gin, orange-flower water, lemon and lime juices, cream and egg whites that goes down all too easy. $12

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Downtown

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