May 21 is World Whiskey Day (or Whisky, if you prefer Japanese labels.) Why not toast the classic spirit with a global cocktail trip around the world? Whether you’re favorite is the new rice-based Kikori Japanese whisky or class American bourbons and ryes, here are some international cocktails from around the world.
Japan: Rice Whisky
Baltaire: The spring-inspired Yukidoke ($15) combines Kikori Whiskey with peach liquor, pineapple, lemon, and an unexpected cumin syrup.
Scotland: Scotch Whiskey
Westbound: The newly launched Art District hotspot is home to Dee Ann Quinones craftings like the Sinatra and Chanel ($15) with Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, coco palm, frankincense, and sour cherry bitters.
Faith & Flower: Bartenders Ryan Wainwright and Darwin Pornel are toasting the classic with the Character Development ($15), which features Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Amaro Varnelli Dell’erborista, Amaro Di Angostura, Contratto Americano Rosso.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Sawtelle, Fairfax, DTLA: The trendsetting burger spot is mixing up the Kentucky Bubble Bath ($13) from Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Cynar, lemon, agave syrup, and lavender water.
La Dolce Vita: The Beverly Hills watering hole’s “lost classics” includes the White Manhattan ($15) by bartender Alan Horridge, prepared with Koval white whiskey, lavender Carpano Bianco, Cocchi Americano, and cherry bark bitters.