How to Make a Kiss Kiss

Made famous in La La Land, the Lighthouse Cafe is the scene for our latest Mixed Messages.

For this latest episode, our resident mixologist travels down to Hermosa Beach, California to visit the historic Lighthouse Cafe, a popular local jazz spot made famous by the film La La Land. Their Kiss Kiss is a whiskey-based twist on a traditional Mai Tai, and uses homemade orgeat as its signature touch. You can use whatever whiskey (or bourbon) you prefer but remember to let your orgeat cool before you add it to your drink.

Want more cocktail recipes in your life? Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and check back every Wednesday for new episodes of Mixed Messages.


Kiss Kiss

  • 1½ oz. whiskey
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. orgeat (see recipe below)
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • Fresh mint
  • Ground cinnamon
To make the orgeat, combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1½ cups of sugar, 5 drops of orange blossom water and 10 drops of almond extract in a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. After the mixture has cooled, add the orgeat, whiskey, orange liqueur and lime juice to a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice and shake until the ice has melted. Pour into a rocks glass, then fill with crushed ice. Add a pinch of cinnamon and fresh mint leaves for garnish.
More Stories
Mixed Messages

How to Make a Spicy Watermelon Margarita

Mixed Messages is on a watermelon sugar high—with a kick!

Mixed Messages

How to Make a Strawberry Daiquiri

Beat the heat with a fresh pitcher of blended goodness, courtesy of Mixed Messages.

Mixed Messages

How to Make a Tequila Sunrise

On this episode of Mixed Messages, we recommend you ditch the grenadine for a red wine floater.
Trust us.

Get the Latest Stories

Receive the latest films, stories and curated content from Golden State.

By clicking the subscribe button, I agree to receive occasional updates from Golden State.