Sitting just a few blocks east of the Staples Center, the upscale, dimly-lit J Lounge isn’t where you’d expect to find a cucumber in anything — save the “Q-tini.” The concoction combines Damrak Gin, Sprite, sweet and sour, a sprig of mint and a garnish of four fresh slices of everyone’s favorite green gourd. It got some serious buzz after the Damrak company nominated the Q-tini for its “best new gin drink” award — but this buzz is best enjoyed first-hand.
1119 S. Olive St.
213-746-7746
www.jloungela.com