Poolside Fun

Throw the best summer party with delicious libations and the perfect playlist

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Make it!

Take a cue from an expert.

Award-winning mixologist Zane Tessay of Workshop Kitchen + Bar has created a refreshingly delicious cocktail exclusively for The Guide: The D Wexler.

The name pays homage to renowned desert modernist architect Donald Wexler.

“I was inspired by the photos of the [Wexler-designed] Dinah Shore House,” Tessay says.

The drink’s main ingredient, No. 209 Barrel Reserve Sauvignon Blanc gin, was picked because it’s produced in Tessay’s own hometown of San Francisco and because “it’s aged in a sauvignon blanc barrel, which gives it a beautiful flavor of citrus and sweetness with a hint of spice and juniper,” he says.

As for the basil and cucumber, Tessay says, “What screams refreshing more? I added just a hint of peppercorn to bring out the spice notes from the gin and finished off with our housemade ginger beer to balance out the drink with sweetness and a little fizz.”




Mix It!

photo by neil husvar

The D Wexler.


D Wexler
2 ounces No. 209 Barrel Reserve Sauvignon Blanc gin
3/4 ounce lime
1/2 ounce honey
2 basil leaves
2 slices of cucumber
1 pinch of ground peppercorn
In a tin, muddle cucumber and basil, then add remaining ingredients with ice and shake. Double strain over fresh ice, top with ginger beer, and garnish with basil and cucumber strips.


Summer Tunes

photo courtesy of dj alf alpha

Alf Alpha shares his summer soundtrack.


With gigs at huge music festivals (including Coachella) and big music venues nationwide, plus performances alongside hip-hop, rock, and electronica’s brightest stars (such as Kanye West, Arcade Fire, and Calvin Harris) under his belt, Alf Alpha is the Coachella Valley’s busiest producer and DJ.

Here, he shares the soundtrack for your summer. Dance on!



“Inspector Norse” by Todd Terje

“Talk Talk” (Moon Boots Remix) by George Maple

“Lean On” (feat. MØ) by Major Lazer & DJ Snake

“This Could Be Us” (Nosleep Remix) by Rae Sremmurd

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala

“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar

“Salad Days” by Mac DeMarco

“Near You” by Jean Tonique

“Lay Me Down” (Pomo Remix) by Sam Smith

“Remind Me” (Le Nonsense Remix) by Patrice Rushen

“Rock With You” (The Reflex Revision) by The Reflex

“El Yage” by Quantic

“Deep End” by Alf Alpha x All Night Shoes

“Do Girls” by Theophilus London

“Intoxicated” by Martin Solveig & GTA

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