INGREDIENTS:
— 1 can (13.5 oz.) Thai coconut milk
— 2 cups mango puree (can be store bought or made at home with ripe mango blended with a tablespoon of water)
— 2 oz. fresh lime juice
— 4 oz. agave syrup
— 2 cups water
— 1 tbsp. dried coconut
— 1 Fresno chile
— 10 oz. tequila or mescal, if desired
— dash of salt
— Tajin seasoning and mango slices for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Blend ingredients together with ice until achieving a frosty puree consistency. If using, add tequila or mescal; omit for a nonalcoholic cocktail. Serve in Tajin-rimmed glass and garnish with mango slices dipped in tajin. Makes four to five servings.

Salazar, in the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Frogtown, occupies the grounds of what was once an auto body shop, and it has what is arguably the best patio in the city. The great feeling of hospitality and fun extends to this cocktail, which can be enjoyed with alcohol or without. “This creamy slushy is perfect for those hot summer afternoons while dining outside, like we do at Salazar,” says Beverage Director Adan Maldonado. “It pairs great with chile and citrus, such as fruit dressed with chile and lime juice, ceviche or a spicy Thai papaya salad.”

Courtesy of Salazar

Avion Anejo Old Fashioned
Courtesy of JW Marriott San Antonio

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Avion Anejo Tequila
  • 0.25 oz. Agave
  • 2 Dashes of Bitters
  • Orange Peel
  • Luxardo Maraschino Cherry 

In a mixing glass, mix the Avion Anejo Tequila and agave with the bitters. Stir until agave blends, pour over ice in a glass and garnish with the Luxardo Maraschino Cherry and orange peel.

 

 

Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales and services for L.A. Tourism, is feeling bullish on the future of meetings and conventions in Los Angeles. Here’s what he had to say in a recent chat with California Meetings + Events.

CAM+E: It’s great to hear that groups of all sizes can now meet in Los Angeles. Are large groups being cautious about gathering again, or are you seeing signs of a robust and quick recovery? 

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.