One of bar manager Cari Hah’s favorite drinks is the martini, which means you can almost always find a variation on Big Bar’s ever-rotating menu. Earlier this year she changed the dirty-martini game with this cocktail involving Edinburgh Seaside Gin, Lustau fino sherry, Gancia dry vermouth and a couple dashes of L.A.’s own Miracle Mile “Dirty Sue” bitters, drying out the dirty martini and cutting down on brine—without losing that classic, salty bite. $15. — Stephanie Breijo
Though it wasn’t all bad, 2017 made us want to throw back a drink or seven—but as we sipped our way through the city we quickly realized that the year’s best drinks were really to be savored. It was also a year for escapes, be it to another time—when martinis reigned—or another country, when a decadent espresso transported us to an Italian piazza far from reality (ahem, a mall in Century City). Here are 2017’s best drinks, for your sipping pleasure in the new year and beyond.
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