Here in Los Angeles, hidden among the lesser versions are a few stand-out Scotch cocktails, blended with enough care and finesse to make them worth the occasional diversion from the single malt neat. These are bright, bold cocktails—some classic and some veering more toward the experimental.
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Though there are plenty of fantastic sipping rums that should be savored respectfully on their own, there's something about the spirit that seems destined to be blended into delicious, refreshing cocktails. Rum provides an excellent organizing principle around which to explore what the talented bar folk of Los Angeles are doing with the region's fresh produce, housemade bitters, and the occasional tobacco-infused honey. Here are eight of our favorites rum drinks in L.A.