There are so many things that are right about LA's bar scene: attention to detail, farm fresh ingredients, creative concoctions and sexy mixologists.
But sometimes all those things collide to create a condescending cocktail culture ripe for spoof, and Fog And Smog Films (the guys who brought you "Whole Foods Parking Lot" and "Berkeley Enough?") are back with a music video about first world nightlife angst.
Oversized ice cubes, obscure tinctures, moustache wax and egg white foams all get a gentle razzing in the rap. But the song's scorn is reserved for our bar scene's worst offense: a $20 drink that takes 20 minutes to make. It's enough to make you ask, "Hey Mr. Mixologist, did you have to go to college for this?"
But LA bartenders seem to be in on the stunt; Eater LA says the music video was filmed at La Descarga in downtown LA with some "local barmen."
After you're done watching Fog And Smog's rap spoof above, check out Portlandia's take on mixologist culture.
Xanadu Basil And Grapefruit Cocktail
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Wild Apple And Sage Cocktail
<strong>Get the <a href="http://allieruthdesign.blogspot.com/2012/06/drinking-in-season-wild-apple-and-sage.html" target="_hplink">Wild Apple and Sage Cocktail recipe from Allie Ruth Design</a></strong> Tart apple and sage are muddled together in this vodka cocktail, which is sweetened with a sage simply syrup. It's earthy and refreshing.
Rosemary Lime Cocktail
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Lillet Basil Cocktail
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Dill Pickley Gin And Tonic
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Berry Rosemary Cocktail
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Salted Plum Haamonii Shochu With Lemon Verbena Cocktail
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Strawberry Thyme Cocktail
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Celery Cilantro Cocktail
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<strong>Get the <a href="http://forksknivesandspades.blogspot.com/2011/05/mint-julep.html" target="_hplink">Mint Julep recipe from Forks, Knives and Spades</a></strong> If you just want the most classic herbal cocktail, than choose the mint julep. It's just Bourbon with mint and sugar.
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