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Circa 55 Restaurant shares a specialty cocktail list with the adjacent Trader Vic’s Lounge, so you know it’s all about the tropical, fruity drinks here. It’s almost obligatory to go for the rum-filled mai tai — which Trader Vic’s claims to have invented in 1944. It’s a sweet concoction garnished with a chunk of pineapple and cherry skewered on a toothpick.
Another signature cocktail is the Chai’s Beverly Starburst, created in honor of Trader Vic’s founder Vic Bergeron and the bar’s loyal guests. The lime-green concoction is mixed with fresh juices, rum, orange liqueur and mint.
There’s also some traditional cocktails, like a mojito, caipirinha and several varieties of punch. Most of the beverages are made with rum, including a selection of warm toddies, like the strong and spicy hot buttered rum or the Black Stripe made with Jamaican rum, honey, crushed cherries and spices.
If alcohol isn’t your thing, there’s also a fun list of mocktails that anyone will enjoy, including a no taimai tai and the Coral Reef, made with strawberries, mango and coconut cream.
Trader Vic’s Lounge menu is made up of festive island libations for one or more people, such as the Rum Giggle and Kava Bowl, which can be enjoyed with your meal at Circa 55.