The Jam Blog — cocktails

C'mon In & See Me Sometime...

...at the historic El Cid flamenco nightclub and restaurant in Hollywood, where I'm serving up my trademark Maple Pumpkin Butter "Pumpkintinis" every weekend. The autumn nights are cool, the music is hot, the bar is a comfy place to hang, inside or out, and it's the perfect time of year to indulge in all things pumpkin. C'mon in and see me, and visit your Los Angeles pals! Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Times   El Cid, 4212 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

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Teaching Tips

Wow, I had SUCH fun teaching a mixology class at the Artisanal LA show last weekend! It was a great experience all the way around. I met a lot of terrific people, and I had a blast showing everyone how to make my Ginger Rogers cocktail, which everyone raved about; that really was a HUGE success. To all the new friends I made there: Hope to see you again soon! FYI, I'm happy to do classes or make custom cocktails for private events and parties — just send me an email at la@lauraannsjams.com

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Mixology 101

Ever wonder how bartenders jazz up drinks? Or wish you could dazzle party guests with hand-crafted cocktails? Well, then, come learn some deceptive yet delicious shortcuts to truly outstanding cocktails. I will be leading a mixology class at Artisanal LA, a pop-up community celebrating outstanding artisanal food vendors specializing in "sustainable and handmade edibles" from across the country. I will lead you to better cocktails, whether you are a novice or an experienced bartender.  The unique flavor combinations of my jams + your favorite spirits (or nonalcoholic options) = remarkably complex, yet simple-to-make cocktail creations. Come on out and indulge your inner...

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L.A. Live May Mix-Off

May 22, 2013 Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer me on at L.A. Live’s first annual May Mix-Off at the JW Marriott. It was Week 4 of a five-week competition in which Los Angeles’ top bartenders created inventive cocktails highlighting the William Grant & Sons portfolio of handcrafted spirits and liquors. No, I didn’t win … but … I was a fan favorite, made a KILLER drink and got my parking validated. That counts as winning to me!

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