For the next seven days, the Metroblogging sites around the globe will be unveiling seven gifts their cities can share with the world – one gift a day for seven days. Metroblogging Los Angeles begins with, ironically, a Sunset. (to see what the rest of the world is contributing, click here)
“They say the smog is the reason we have such beautiful sunsets.”
-Elmore Leonard, Get Shorty
Maybe its because the smog makes them the most beautiful, or perhaps its the large number of movie cameras here that capture them and show them to the world. Regardless, Los Angeles has the most famous of all sunsets.
Even the mere mention of the word “sunset” brings to mind images of Malibu or any of our other coastal suburbs (is the rest of the world even aware that Malibu, along with Santa Monica and others, is its own city in Los Angeles County, but not the city of L.A.?). And then there’s Sunset Blvd., also known as the Sunset Strip, where every musician has stepped off the bus before they began their ascent to being a rockstar.
For the first of our gifts to the world, Los Angeles gives The Sunset, packaged as a vodka infused cocktail… the Sunset Martini.
Invented by bartender/actor Daniel Devereaux at Cafe des Artistes, a popular celebrity hangout just off Sunset Blvd., the Sunset Martini is rumoured to be a favorite of Oliver Stone’s and other assorted moguls, starlets, and the all too frequent agent.
The Sunset Martini
Equal parts all:
-Absolut Mandarin (or any orange flavored vodka)
-Apple Pucker (or any apple liqueur)
Shaken with an orange slice. Sip as the sky shifts from a setting sun to a canvas of stars.
(Sunset Mosaic photo by .snow, who shares closeups of each on Flickr)