Take Two for October 2, 2012

LA restaurants cooling down patrons with fancy carbonated drinks

Willy Blackmore

Plow & Gun's coffee pop setup. Coffee pop is a carbonated coffee drink.

It's been one hot, hot September. This month in many parts of LA County, average temperatures have been soaring well above 90 degrees. Here in Pasadena today the high temperature is expected to hit 103 degrees.

To help guests stay cool, L.A. restaurants and bars around town have been serving up a slew of new carbonated drinks from unique sodas to fancy cocktails.

At Baco Mercat in downtown Los Angeles you can try Baco Pop, flavored with Orange, Ginger and Juniper.

For something a little less traditional check out Plow & Gun's coffee pops at the Altadena Farmers' Market.

Alma, a new restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on South Broadway Avenue, also has a fun drink to try: Earl grey and apple soda. It tastes a little like a hard apple cider, without the alcohol. Ari Taymor is the head chef of Alma, which opened in June.

Lastly, Red Medicine's sparkling sangria is an interesting new "do-it yourself" cocktail.

Want to make your own soda? Check out Heirloom LA Sous Chef Tad Weyland's recipe for Ginger and Lemon soda.

Guest:

Willy Blackmore is the LA editor of the food website TastingTable.com


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