L.A.’s First Gift to the World: The Sunset

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/11/sunsetmosaic-thumb.jpgFor 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)
-orange juice
-cranberry juice
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)

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8 thoughts on “L.A.’s First Gift to the World: The Sunset”

  1. Two words, Till: smog particles. The most amazing sunsets we had here were during the Malibu fires more than a decade ago. Between the smoke and the smog, the sunsets were outrageous!

  2. My personal fav sunsets were from my weekly Tuesday pre-rush hour drives to Hermosa Beach this past Fall. From Marina del Rey to Hermosa, along Culver off the 90 to Vista del Mar to Highland Ave. in Manhatten Beach to Manhatten Ave. to Hermosa Ave.

  3. LA Sunsets are pretty great! Too bad you are usually sitting in your car stuck in traffic when you catch them… And you have to ignore the smog puff that seems to follow you wherever you go.

    Good first gift, though! Nobody can deny that SoCal is the US home of beautiful sunsets.

  4. Undoubtedly a great choice. It was one of the most memorable elements of my short stay in LA.

    But honesty requires me to say that the very best sunset I ever saw was surely from the Greek island of Santorini. It was so good that when the sun finished setting, the tourists watching applauded.

    It was a pretty good sunset!

  5. An excellent choice! Makes me miss those long summer days, with a sunset late enough to enjoy a drink while I watch. Though I guess there’s nothing stopping me from doing so now…

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