Highland Park: Cocktails at Sonny’s Hideaway

Sonny's Hideaway Bar

Sonny’s Hideaway Bar

Recently I visited Sonny’s Hideaway to try out their cocktails. I’ll have to make a return trip for the intriguing sounding menu. Andouille stuffed squid, bone marrow hash, chicken fried sweetbreads and ricotta dumplings all sound great.

Ticket to Prague

Ticket to Prague

For my first cocktail, I tried the Ticket to Prague. It was a brown, bitter, stirred drink which meant it was perfect for me.

Ticket to Prague – bonded bourbon, Cio Ciaro, Becherovka

Croatoan

Croatoan

I moved on to the Croatoan. I almost didn’t get it at first since it also featured Cio Ciaro which isn’t listed on the menu but I asked. I didn’t want anything that was too much like my first drink. This one was definitely on the sweeter side. It’s apparently equal parts but I’d cut down on the Yellow Chartreuse. I wasn’t getting that much smoke from the mezcal but I did get a hint of the bitterness from the Campari every now and then.

Croatoan – Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Campari, Cio Ciaro, lime oil

Tarantella

Tarantella

I really enjoyed the Tarantella. This one was well balanced. I’ve been enjoying gin cocktails this summer and also love the fact Calisaya is becoming popular. The Campari-like liqueur from Oregon isn’t as bitter as Campari but it has a better mouth feel (viscosity) than Aperol.

Tarantella – St. George Terroir gin, Calisaya, Cocchi Americano, Cocchi di Torino, Sorrel

Napali

Napali Death Toll

When I ordered the Napali Death Toll I didn’t expect a flaming drink but that’s exactly what it was. This neo-tiki style cocktail also had a couple unusual ingredients including Acqua di Cedro, an Italian citrus liqueur. A touch of herbsaint kept it from being too sweet.

Napali Death Toll – rum, Acqua di Cedro, Legendre Herbsaint, passion fruit, all spice, lime

Napali

Napali Death Toll

I particularly liked the “show” of sparking the cinnamon while the lime was on fire.

Sonny’s Hideaway is a great addition to the neighborhood. It’s a perfect stop after some street tacos.

Sonny’s Hideaway

5137 York Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90042  —  (323) 255-2000

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