The Rustic Canyon family of restaurants is all about seasonal twists on convention, so it should come as no surprise that Cassia’s bar goes a little wild when it comes to piña coladas. You can order the classic, made with a backbone of coconut-infused Santa Teresa 1796 Solera rum, or spruce it up with a lava flow that adds a bright, vinegary house-made strawberry-and-balsamic gastrique to the drink, then tops it all with flecks of volcanic black salt. Suddenly, your sweet-and-creamy sipper’s a little bit savory—and one of the most unusual concoctions on the Westside. $15, with lava flow $16.
L.A. summers can be brutal, especially considering how much there is to do and enjoy during the warmer months—and how many of those activities take place outdoors. If you’re already begging your friends to stop inviting you to hike Runyon in 95-degree heat, we’ve got another idea: Sip some of the city’s best new frozen cocktails together, whether you’re poolside, beachside or simply on a shaded patio. Keep cool all year long with these new drinks that are so refreshing, they’re worth braving brain freeze.