Villains Tavern in downtown L.A. has introduced its new spring cocktail menu featuring fresh options for sunny days. A standout tipple is the lovely Loki created by mixologist Dave Whitton. Cold vodka infused with earthy green tea is tempered with silky-sweet honey peach syrup, tart lemon and a hint of fragrant sage to create a light and refreshing drink that is best consumed after a day spent in the open air. Lucky for you, Villains has one of the most comfortable outdoor patios in L.A., so stopping for a drink doesn't mean going indoors.
Loki by Dave Whitton
2 ounces Haute vodka infused with green tea*
4 pieces of sage
3/4 ounce honey peach syrup**
3/4 ounce lemon juice
Pour ingredients over shaved ice and top with club soda. Garnish with sage, a peach bramble and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters.
*Green-tea-infused vodka: Put vodka in a jar that can be tightly sealed. Add Bigelow green tea and let sit for five hours in a cold dark area.
**Honey peach syrup: Bring one part honey and one part freshly juiced peach to a boil, simmer for half an hour and then refrigerate for at least four hours to set.