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Summer Cocktail: Claws on Sawtelle

A tall glass of refreshment inspired by childhood memories of creamsicles.

Inspired by the iconic creamsicle, Bar Hermanito bar manager Taylor Lax created this tall glass of refreshment with vodka, orange and vanilla liqueurs, plus a malic/citric acid solution that imitates the acidity of lime juice. “Something about the orange and vanilla on a hot summer day brings back memories of summers during my childhood,” he says.


  • 1½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • ½ oz. Licor 43
  • 1 oz. limeless lime solution
  • 2½ oz. club soda
  • Tools:barspoon
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:orange peel


In a Collins glass, combine the first 4 ingredients with ice, then stir to combine. Top with club soda, then stir briefly again. Express the oils of the orange peel over the top of the drink and use as a garnish.

Limeless Lime Solution: Combine 20 grams of malic acid with 40 grams of citric acid and 1 liter of water. Stir to combine.

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