Across the country it feels like a hot one already. Whether cooling off by the lake or pool, ocean or garden hose, it’s always nice to have something refreshing in the hand. So, we sat down with our favorite cocktail guru Dave Kupchinsky (Freehand, Otium, Eveleigh) at his newest spot La Fête to talk all things summer in Los Angeles.
Tell us about yourself.
What are your essential go to’s for summer?
A jeans and T-shirt type of guy for sure. I never wear shorts, ever. Unless Im swimming.
Kingston - Riverside Light with Coolmax Technology
Working in a bar requires lots of running around and we at LIVERPOOL have infused styles with Coolmax technology to combat the hottest days. Speaking of keeping cool, let’s talk drinks and garnish. As Bar Director, how did you take the French vibe of La Fête and make it summer ready?
Another summer hit is the Classic Julep (usually whiskey, sugar, mint and crushed ice). Instead of the the whisky I took some French vermouth and sweetened it with raspberry and of course kept the crushed ice. Also, because its mostly vermouth its got a low abv making it a really great summer-time sipper.
Favorite Summer spots in LA:
I love the Echo in the summer-time. They run the Grand Ol Echo program every summer with live country music every Sunday afternoon.
Kingston - Navajo Dark with Coolmax Technology
Love this layout – the all black outfit w/ Kingston slim trousers suits him well. I also like the light denim jacket with darker Kingston jeans – didn’t think you could make denim on denim look good – but he looks super chill. So do those drinks – gimme!