The Charleston is Santa Monica’s new 1930s-style lounge by chef Jet Tila, who recently battled on “Iron Chef America,” and here he’s weaving Asian cuisine into the familiar tapestry of American comfort food. Alongside a menu of short rib tacos with shaved Brussels sprouts and Korean salsa, you’ll find a list of crafty old-school cocktails including a signature house libation dreamed up by Tila and the bar staff called the Charleston. This musky-sweet combination of rye whiskey, Dom Benedictine, green chartreuse and orange bitters is as easy to drink as it is on the eye.
- The Charleston by Jet Tila and the Charleston staff
1 ½ ounces Buffalo Trace rye whiskey
½ ounce green chartreuse
½ ounce Dom Benedictine
2 dashes orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in a pint glass and stir over ice until chilled. Strain and serve up in martini or old fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist. — The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 828-2115; http://www.charlestonla.com. — —Jessica Gelt