State Social House, located in the shell of two former Sunset Strip mainstays, Red Rock and Isla Cantina, has big ambitions. Four bars, a second-story piano lounge, a cigar lounge and a tavern serving upscale pub grub are on offer, as is an ambitious but not overwhelming list of specialty cocktails created by former Acapulco resorts barman Alex Jaimes. Our favorite is the heady Backroom Mob, which combines a hint of mint julep (Bulleit bourbon, fresh mint leaves) with elderflower liqueur and fresh-squeezed lime. A splash of soda water adds refreshing effervescence.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the mint leaves, elderflower liqueur, lime juice and bourbon. Shake and strain into a snifter and top with a splash of soda.
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