We finally have a new season here in southern California! Something resembling autumn has landed, bringing cooler temps, much-needed rain, and the spicy, homey flavors that come along with the end of the year. As you might guess, the taste masters of Melrose have concocted some amazing beverages – both hot and cold – that celebrate the ingredients and flavors of fall.
Over at La Creme Café, there are about 29 different organic coffee drinks which pretty much cover any preference. Make your own caffeine boost by combining natural flavoring with healthy milks. Caramel and vanilla mixed with almond milk makes for a dessert-like latte (it tastes like a candy bar), while hazelnut with soy milk is a rich seasonal delight.
LA CREME CAFÉ
7376 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Daily 8a – 9p
Beefsteak offers a turmeric latte which heavily focuses on the nutritionally-relevant spice, not even trying to tame its uniquely intense flavor. The latte even LOOKS like fall – a smooth green topped with orange-tinged foam. The almond milk latte is served drinkably warm, not scalding hot, and it’s amplified with ginger, cinnamon, and honey. Good medicine!
7661 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Tuesday – Saturday 9a – 9p, Sunday 9a – 3p
Throughout history, booze has been used in various forms as medicine, too. Some version of the hot toddy exists in nearly every culture that enjoys alcohol – like ours! The Parlor hot toddy is pretty traditional: hot water, whisky, lemon, and honey. If you want to muddy your whisky, add a tea bag. Either way, it’s the perfect rainy day, cold night companion.
7250 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Monday – Thursday 11a – 1p, Friday and Saturday 11a – 2a, Sunday 11a – midnight
Another traditional cocktail gets autumnally-elevated at Melrose Umbrella Co. The Fall Sour incorporates a smooth bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup, and frothy egg white topping with the rich seasonal spirits of apple brandy, cognac, and St. Elizabeth all-spice dram. Miracle Mile toasted pecan bitters add another smooth layer. Served cold, but will warm you up right!
MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.
7465 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Monday – Wednesday 9a – 11p, Thursday – Saturday 9a – 2a, Sunday 9a – 11p
Nothing says fall like apples. While you can enjoy them in pie, a fritter, or juice, you can also head to Village Idiot and enjoy them like a booze-loving adult. The hot cider cocktail goes next level with smooth and spicy Sailor Jerry rum, secret sauce (they won’t tell!!!), and a little orange for balance. Feel-good bonus: $2 from each in-cider goes to Autism Speaks.
7383 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Monday – Friday 1130a – 2a, Saturday and Sunday 10a – 2a
Melrose is a beautiful mix a crazy independent creators as well as well-known companies that offer something the community and visitors want, and this time of year, want runs deep when it comes to the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Celebrating its 13th year, the PSL is the granddaddy of seasonal beverages, practically creating a culture around its temporary addictiveness.
7624 Melrose Avenue, 90046
Monday – Saturday 5a – 10p, Sunday 6a – 9p