Slideshow: First Look: Cocktails at La Cuevita, Los Angeles

Bar Manager Jared Mort
Bar Manager Jared Mort
Mort and Copper Gillespie created six smoky cocktails for La Cuevita's menu. Mort has been bartending for 10 years.
Berry Smash ($9)
Berry Smash ($9)
Named for its primary ingredients, the easy-drinking Berry Smash is a combination of fresh berries, Tito’s Vodka, creme de cassis, lemon, and mint.
Mole Manhattan ($12)
Mole Manhattan ($12)
The Mole Manhattan, made with Old Overholt Rye, Carpano Antica, creme de cacao, chocolate chili bitters, and Hellfire Bitters, is a slightly spicy take on the Manhattan, with a hint of Mexican flare.
La Cuevita ($11)
La Cuevita ($11)
The bar's namesake drink starts with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal, which is a combination of unfermented syrup of the roast agave and mezcal. The cocktail is sweetened with agave and St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and Fever Tree ginger beer. A touch of lime keeps it fresh and tart.
Pinaleta ($10)
Pinaleta ($10)
Inspired by the Mexican chile-covered candy Super Pinaleta, the Pinaleta is the smokiest of all the drinks on the cocktail menu. It is made with Bacardi 8-year rum, Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, cayenne pineapple gomme syrup, passion fruit juice, and fresh lime.