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Now Mixing: New Farmers' Market-Inspired Cocktails at Eveleigh on Sundays

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For many of us, Sunday means a stroll through our local farmers' market, where we can pick out fresh, local produce for the meals of the week ahead. Though we might not know it, we're elbow-to-elbow with local chefs and cocktail crafters, who are buying, and drawing from, the fruit and veggies of the season to use in their restaurant creations. At Eveleigh, on the Sunset Strip, those farm-fresh ingredients are going into cocktails as part of a new weekly Farmers' Market Sunday drink menu.

If you haven't spent any time at Eveleigh, you're missing out on one of the loveliest dining and drinking atmospheres in town. You'll find a cozy French farmhouse feel, plus an open-air wooden sunroom/deck area, with a new back bar, perched on the hill in West Hollywood just a stone's throw from the shi-shi scene of Sunset Plaza (but thankfully you'll have none of it).

Starting at 5 p.m. on Sundays, bartenders David Kupchinsky, Kiowa Bryan, and Kevin Tidwell will take weekly turns offering a drink menu using what they cull from their favorite farmers' market that weekend. We bellied up to the bar for the inaugural Sunday run, and tried the four drinks (we shared!) on Tidwell's menu, as shopped from the Studio City Farmers' Market:

  • Yolie Smash: Serrando infused mezcal, Pimms, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lime juice, agave.
  • We Can't Elope: Cachaca, cantaloupe, lime juice, cane sugar, cayenne salted rim.
  • White Wedding: Tequila, yellow Chartreuse, oro blanco, cane sugar, bubbles, white currants.
  • PD Fizz: Rhubarb infused gin, sloe gin, strawberries, cane sugar, egg whites, balsamic reduction.

All of the drinks were perfect summertime refreshers, with the Yolie Smash's smoky mezcal tempered nicely by the sweet of the cherry tomato, the spice of the cayenne on the We Can't Elope's rim a fun contrast to the mild cantaloupe flavor of the drink. The We Can't Elope's white currants are not just a gorgeous jewel-like garnish, but part of the tangy-tart flavors of the cocktail. The PD Fizz is a play on sour-sweet, and is dangerously drinkable. The drinks are $12 apiece.
Next week, Bryan will be penning the menu, after shopping the Hollywood Farmers' Market. She hinted that we can expect figs, just coming into season, in a cocktail concoction.