A drink + a jam: A cocktail and song pairing to kick off happy hour

Toast happy hour with a drink + a jam—sip on a classic or seasonal cocktail as you hit play on the perfect song pairing.

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We check out the city's best bars and best restaurants to bring you a drink + a jam. Every week, we feature a cocktail—from smoky mescal cocktails to oceanside drinks—made by LA's top-notch bartenders. To pair? We ask these mixology mavens to match a tune with their tasty creation. Turn up the volume and play this cocktail-inspired jam loud.


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This week's Drink + Jam

Cointreau & Port

Cointreau & Port Photograph: Jenny Adams


The drink: Cointreau & Port ($16), Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup, tawny port, fresh blackberries, at Beverly Wilshire Hotel
The jam: "Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)" by Gary Glitter

"This drink is bright and colorful but still rough around the edges, just like Gary." —Lindsay Nader

Tropic Thunder at Plan Check

Tropic Thunder at Plan Check Photograph: Courtesy Plan Check


The drink: Tropic Thunder ($12), jalapeño-infused vodka, mango, lemon juice, sugar, at Plan Check
The jam: "Sympathy for the Devil" by the Rolling Stones

'"Sympathy for the Devil" is the best song on the Tropic Thunder movie soundtrack. And there is a line from the song "If you meet me, have some courtesy, have some sympathy, and some taste; use all your well-learned politesse, or I'll lay your soul to waste" relates to the drink because the sweet and spicy flavors hide the alcohol so it can sneak up on you and "lay your soul to waste" if you're not careful with it. —Plan Check


Video: Michael Juliano


The drink: Deconstructed Piña Colada ($15), spiked lime sorbet, white rum pineapple foam, Barbados rum coconut foam, oatmeal crumbles and bitters mist served in a classic ice cream sundae glass with a spoon, at 1886
The jam: "Million Dollar Bills" by Lorde

"The whole is not always greater than the simple sum of its parts." —Greg Gertmenian, 1886

More Drink + Jam

Midnight Showing at the Corner Door

Midnight Showing at the Corner Door Photograph: Katherine Kims


The drink: Midnight Showing ($12), rye, blackberries, Cointreau, 5 spice, walnut bitters, lemon and vanilla cordial at the Corner Door
The jam: "What Ever Happened?" by the Strokes

"This is an exciting final product that has the same energy of going to a midnight showing in LA, which is such a cultural event in this movie industry town. This drink has such beautiful colors and decadence like Marie Antoinette, which this Strokes song was featured in." —Beau du Bois, the Corner Door

Regalo de Dios at Fishing with Dynamite

Regalo de Dios at Fishing with Dynamite Photograph: Courtesy Fishing with Dynamite


The drink: Regalo de Dios ($12), sour with Hacienda de Chihuahua mezcal, strawberry, rhubarb and serrano at Fishing with Dynamite
The jam: "Lowrider" by War

"We wanted to add pop to a very popular classic cocktail. The Regalo de Dios is a bright classic sour cocktail with a lean, spicy character rounded by a touch of sweetness. Sand on your flip-flops, oysters on your lips, shades resting on your nose, Regalo in your hand and "Lowrider" playing in the dining room—it's just a cool, sexy vibe for a refreshingly spicy cocktail on a hot day." –Jerry Garbus, Fishing with Dynamite

Blood Meridian at Allumette

Blood Meridian at Allumette Photograph: Marie Buck


The drink: Blood Meridian ($12), Vida mescal, maraschino, blood orange, lime juice, smashed kumquats, garnished with lime wheel and black lava salt at Allumette
The jam: "The Curse of Millhaven" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"Born from a margarita, the Blood Meridian has a dramatic look about it—black salt against the pink from the blood orange. It's tart and smoky from the first sip. The drink is named after a Cormac McCarthy book with themes of violence and frontier justice, so I'd pair it with the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds song "The Curse of Millhaven" off the Murder Ballads album. It's a great song: absurd, rhythmic and unexpectedly satisfying. " –Serena Herrick, Allumette

Maracuya Caipirinha at Paiche

Maracuya Caipirinha at Paiche Photo courtesy Paiche


The drink: Maracuya Caipirinha ($15), cachaça, passion fruit, lime, Martinique sugar cane syrup, at Paiche
The jam: "1977" by Ana Tijoux

"I like to listen to '1977' by Ana Tijoux because the drink is so refreshing, it fits perfectly with the theme of the song." –Deysi Alvarez, Paiche

Shotgun Willie at Crossroads

Shotgun Willie at Crossroads Photograph: Katherine Kims

The drink: Shotgun Willie ($15), Barbancourt rhum, strawberry-lavender syrup, lime and roasted rosemary at Crossroads
The jam: "Shotgun Willie" by Willie Nelson

"Willie is a supporter of Crossroads and since the roasted rosemary aromatics of this cocktail are a bit reminiscent of marijuana, we decided to tip our hat to him with the name." —Jeremy Lake, bar manager, Crossroads

Purple and Thai Basil Mojito at Willie Jane

Purple and Thai Basil Mojito at Willie Jane Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

The drink: Purple and Thai Basil Mojito ($12), rum, mint, Thai and purple basil, fresh lime juice, club soda, simple syrup at Willie Jane
The jam: "(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding

"Otis harks back to the yesteryears of lazy summers which still resonate to this day. This cocktail is great before pining the day away on the Venice boardwalk. It has purple and Thai basil, which are growing right now in the Chefs Garden next door to the restaurant." —Phuong Tran, bar manager, Willie Jane

Follow Katherine Kims on Twitter: @katherinekims.


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