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Cocktail: Loki at Villains Tavern

April 15, 2011|By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times

Villains Tavern in downtown L.A. has introduced its new spring cocktail menu featuring fresh options for sunny days. A standout tipple is the lovely Loki created by mixologist Dave Whitton. Cold vodka infused with earthy green tea is tempered with silky-sweet honey peach syrup, tart lemon and a hint of fragrant sage to create a light and refreshing drink that is best consumed after a day spent in the open air. Lucky for you, Villains has one of the most comfortable outdoor patios in L.A., so stopping for a drink doesn't mean going indoors.

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Loki by Dave Whitton

2 ounces Haute vodka infused with green tea*

4 pieces of sage

3/4 ounce honey peach syrup**

3/4 ounce lemon juice

Pour ingredients over shaved ice and top with club soda. Garnish with sage, a peach bramble and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.

*Green-tea-infused vodka: Put vodka in a jar that can be tightly sealed. Add Bigelow green tea and let sit for five hours in a cold dark area.

**Honey peach syrup: Bring one part honey and one part freshly juiced peach to a boil, simmer for half an hour and then refrigerate for at least four hours to set.

jessica.gelt@latimes.com

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