Silver Lake: New Cocktails at Cliff’s Edge
The Bar at Cliff’s Edge recently introduced their new Winter cocktails. I was invited a couple of weeks ago for a tasting.
The Bitter Pill (Zaya rum, Fernet Branca, lime juice, brown sugar syrup, egg whites) was an immediate favorite of mine. Of course I love Zaya and Fernet so that is a given.
We helped ourselves to some charcuterie and cheese while we thought about our next drink.
Caprese (Ketel One vodka, cucumber puree, basil, lemon, cane sugar syrup) seemed more like a summer drink than winter but the vibrant colors reminds us of Christmas. Considering LA is bathed in sunlight most of the year, a sunny cocktail for the season is not amiss.
More snacks arrived; grilled shrimp and tuna tartare as well as fries. This is perfect bar food. Although there are tables around the bar, they are meant for lounging rather than just full meals. You can just drink your way through the menu. But it is nice to have a snack while having a cocktail.
The Cliff’s Manhattan (Russel Reserve rye, Ramazzotti, black walnut bitters). If it had dry vermouth, it would have been a Manhattan Transfer. Since I love Manhattans and all its variations, this was definitely my speed. We had a good look at the Fee Brothers’ black walnut bitters. It smelled like Christmas cookies to me. Someone else said it reminded them of their grandmother.
For our final cocktail, we had coffee that had a splash of rum infused with coffee beans and topped with whipped cream. It was a nice after-dinner cocktail that went well with the creme brulee. It’s not on the menu but the bar can make something similar for you.
Next time, I would like to try the Copenhagen (Bols Genever, Cherry Herring, cane sugar syrup, lime) or a Gold Rush or Old Fashioned are always good.
The bar at Cliff’s Edge seems to be a popular spot with the locals but it’s also worth a trip to Silver Lake to try the cocktails.
The Bar at Cliff’s Edge
3626 West Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90026-1059 – (323) 666-6116