The Grammy Awards are coming up on February 15, and what better way to brush up on the nominees than by sipping cocktails created in their honor? Whether or not you actually like the songs, you'll love these drinks; in fact, they deserve their own awards. If you don't happen to be anywhere near L.A., we recommend that you do try these drinks at home.
She’ll Be the Death of Me, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Los Angeles
If you're stuck on the "She’ll be the death of me" lyric from the The Weeknd's Record of the Year-Nominated Song, “Can’t Feel My Face,” wait till you get your hands on this cocktail at Downtown L.A.’s Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse. The brilliance of this drink lies in its potent, sweet-and-spicy mix of vodka, smoky chile liqueur, honey and lemon. Fresh mint cools your palate for a clean finish, and you know you'll be back for more.
Drunk on Jealousy, Cafe Pinot, Los Angeles
Taylor Swift may be "drunk on jealousy," but we'll take our poison in the form of this delicious cocktail at Cafe Pinot in Los Angeles, named after Swift's Record of the Year-Nominated song, “Blank Space." The restaurant's infectious twist on a classic whiskey smash is made with rye, blackberries, lemon and honey, for a bold flavor combo that will have you hooked at first sip.
Retired Dragon, The Mixing Room, Los Angeles
The Mixing Room in L.A. is going big for the Grammys, with three cocktails named after nominated songs. The Retired Dragon (above left) is a nod to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s Record of the Year-Nominated Song, “Uptown Funk,” and combines tequila with lime, agave and blood orange. Then there's the Comfortably Numb - Soco Manhattan drink (above center), a reference to another lyric from The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” (sorry, Pink Floyd). The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Absolut Peach, Cointreau, lime, and cranberry) is the Mixing Room's own homage to a lyric from Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.”
Diamonds from Sierra Leone, Barton G. - The Restaurant, Los Angeles
A throwback to 2006, when Kanye West’s “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” won a Grammy, the cocktail named in its honor at L.A.'s Barton G. - The Restaurant involves a citrus vodka popsicle served alongside a smoking glass of chill mix: citrus vodka, triple sec and lemonade. Fittingly, the cocktail is served on a jeweled tray.
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