Redbird, located in a downtown LA space that used to be the rectory of a former cathedral (which also houses the stunning event venue Vibiana), offers a cocktail program inspired by vintage cocktail books. The Bird of Paradise is a close play on a recipe from the 1939 compendium A Gentleman’s Companion by Charles H. Baker Jr.
—1.5 oz. gin
—.75 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
—.75 oz. raspberry syrup
—one egg white
—.5 oz. cream
—dash of orange blossom water
1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
2. Dry shake, then add ice and shake again.
3. Strain into a tall glass, add a splash of carbonated water.
4. Garnish with a lime twist and an edible flower.
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