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Mixologist Dushan Zaric of Bar Alta breaks down his ultimate mobile cocktail station

Master barman Dushan Zaric knows how to make Bar Alta a standout experience when it opens in December in the recently revamped historic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles. A key element? Creating the ultimate custom bar cart.

What Zaric dubs “the Ferrari of bar carts” took over a year to design and build with local furniture company Cisco Home, which customized the art deco-inspired piece created to make five classic cocktails tableside. He consulted with Studio Collective, the design firm responsible for the property’s makeover, so that the wood and brass finishes are in line with Bar Alta’s elegant, sophisticated vibe. “I prefer my bars to have warm materials,” says Zaric, co‑founder of New York City’s Employee’s Only, which recently debuted a bar in West Hollywood.

Here, Zaric breaks down the components of his dream design and build project, which includes the essential tools and ingredients he needs to prepare the tightly edited drink list (Old-Fashioned whiskey cocktail, Manhattan, dry martini, classic daiquiri and Negroni), as well as how to re-create the perfect bar cart at home. 939 S. Figueroa St., L.A., 213-627-8971; hotelfigueroa.com.

Written by JESSICA RITZ.