Lap up longer days with eight bright and bold cocktails loaded with farmers' market freshness. Here are our favorite spring sippers, in no particular order.
① Garden Cup at Faith & Flower ($12)
A basil and citrus Pimms cup with a pickled carrot topper and served in a cut crystal glass? Sign us up.
② Spring Fever at The Church Key ($13)
Mixologist Devon Espinosa's festive (and strong) Bombay gin and Dolin Blanc vermouth concoction is laced with Green Chartreuse for zip and pickled strawberry for zeal.
③ Ginger-Smoke Margarita at 41 Ocean ($12)
Not your average marg at this Oceanside spot. Pressed ginger punches up this warm weather darling, as do Ilegal mezcal, citrus and plum bitters.
④ Cranberry Rose at Bar Jackalope ($12)
The Seven Grand's intimate hang serves a tart bourbon tall one in their hidden back bar, fashioned with muddled cranberries, rosemary and citrus. It's all cooled down with shaved ice.
⑤ Sierra Norte at Scopa Italian Roots ($15)
Don't let the pretty peach hue fool you: This mezcal, aperol, pineapple and lemon number, with a trickle of bitters, is smoky, smooth and addictive.
⑥ Baja Buck at Wolf & Crane ($10)
A lime-forward combination of tequila, grapefruit juice and ginger beer awakens at this Little Tokyo joint that's all about old school vinyl and highball cocktails.
⑦ Long Island Ice Tea at Lobby Bar ($13)
Do like Matthew Biancaniello and Roy Choi do, and let loose with this quirky version of the strong classic powered by mezcal, aquavit, arrack, rum and gin, tempered by blood orange soda and aloe vera-pulp cubes.
⑧ Apple Tree at The Wallace ($11)
Crisp and sweet, with Damrak gin, Clear Creek apple brandy, Lillet Blanc and honey, this dainty drink is approachable, just like the Culver City newcomer.