LA Times Magazine | By The Glass
Ponche en nogada
Who better to conceive LA magazine’s punch of the year than barman extraordinaire Julian Cox, mixologist at Rivera, Playa, Sotto, Picca and recently opened Short order? The result—being served through the season exclusively at Playa on Beverly— is a whimsical and ethereal concoction inspired by chiles en nogada, a fall dish from Puebla, Mexico, reportedly first prepared for Emperor agustín de iturbide in the 19th century. like the dish, Cox’s mezcal-based punch features fresh cream and pome- granate, with a hearty, flavorful note of nocino (walnut liqueur). Get it while you can.