Blonde bombshell and Guess? girl Charlotte McKinney is barely of drinking age, ahem. But the 23-year old actress and model – whose movie Mad Families was just released on Sony Crackle – isn’t just a pretty face (and amazing body, btw). She has a sweet heart. Not only does Charlotte dedicate her free time to support Best Buddies, she’s even going to Best Buddies Prom this year. #GirlCrushin’.
The Orlando native now resides in Malibu, so we had to find out what she’s drinking, and where she’s drinking it, on the West (best?) Coast, with and without a Carl’s Jr. burger in hand.
Drinking With Charlotte McKinney
How did you get started in the biz?
I started my modeling career in Miami, then Guess? took notice, and I moved to LA. After moving to LA, I decided to pursue an acting career.
What is your current go-to drink order?
Tito’s and water, because it is gluten free and actual very hydrating.
Do you drink coffee or tea?
I drink tea. Alfred’s on Melrose Place in LA – no milk, no sugar, 3 times [a day]. It is fresh, organic and yummy.
What about healthy smoothies?
Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe in Santa Monica – it’s gluten free, organic and their smoothies are my favorite.
What is the best beverage to pair with Carl’s Jr. burgers?
Sprite; it helps cut the grease.
What beverage does not pair well with burgers?
Coffee is definitely not a good idea with anything, It’s too bitter with the salt
What are your favorite bars in LA?
Classics: Chateau Marmont. It’s a classic LA feel with a great vibe and very Hollywood. This is the place that motivates me to get a dirty martini.
Best place to go on an expense account: Giorgio Baldi’s – a great high-end date spot. My favorite is the Bronzini.
Best place to escape the scene: Jim Pacha in Santa Monica …and now I have to change it.
Best pool cocktails: Beverly Hills Hotel. They have the best watermelon cocktails.
Most inventive / Ones to watch: Matsuhisa. I love the simplicity of all Nobu restaurants and their presentation and complexity in their dishes. My favorite dish there is the yellowtail jalapeño.
What do you think is trending in cocktails right now?
Anything that ends in “mules” seems to be very popular. Since they can be made with different alcohol, there really is a mule for everyone.
If you see someone order a –BLANK— it impresses you right now.
A gin and tonic. It seems that they would have an assertive personality, and I like that.
Who is the best industry drinking buddies for a fun night out?
Jeffrey Ross. What sounds better or more fun than drinking with the Roast Master?
Special shout to any bartenders or drinks makers out there that you do your best to visit and you think deserve some special love?
Shout out to my man Brian at Nobu. Hands down the best lychee martini I have every had.
Where do you take out-of-towners for cocktails for an “Only in LA” experience?
Nobu Malibu. Even though there are a bunch, this one is the best. The ocean and view cannot be beat. One of my must orders is crispy rice spicy tuna.
Any advice for aspiring young guns wanting to break into the industry?
Simple: Don’t take no for an answer.
Spill it …. shameless plug: what’s coming up next for you?
So much, you will have to follow me and keep up!
Social Call – where can Thirsty readers keep up with you on social media?
@charlottemckinney on Instagram