LA LATE SHOW:
Los Angeles is home to a unique biking subculture: up to 1,500 cyclists of the Midnight Ridazz club pedal through the streets after sundown on the second Friday of the month.
Routes are chosen on the fly. Themes, however, are revealed online in advance. There are party rides, Star Wars tributes and processions to mark local cultural events.
THE DUDES ABIDE:
Since 2004, when the rides began with a small bunch of friends, there have been no run-ins with the law. Safety is paramount. midnightridazz.com
A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR AFTERWARDS?
This cocktail is the creation of a champion. Michael Steinbacher, from the Mayday Bar at Hangar-7 in Salzburg. He was crowned Austria’s best barman for 2012 thanks to this drink.
“I wanted to create a cocktail that speaks to the senses,” he says, “one that speaks to the eyes with the ingredients’ bright range of colours, and speaks to the palate with its refreshingly fruity taste.”
- 40ml Pyrat XO rum
- 2 slices of lime
- 60ml blackcurrant juice
- 40ml cola
- 10ml Monin Spicy Syrup
- Handful of ice cubes
- To garnish: curd cheese (or plain cream cheese), Kaffir lime leaves
Put rum and lime in a shaker and leave for 15 seconds, then carefully add the other ingredients, slowly swirling the shaker to ‘roll’ the drink. Smear a spiral of cheese inside a glass, strain in the drink and garnish with the lime leaves.
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