Summer 2014 Interview – Jess

Jess Feakins

Q1. What is your Name?


Q2. Do you represent a business? If yes, what is the name and your role.

Social Media Manager/Marketing Director for Donatella Arpaia by day/ Big City Little Blog by night.

Q3. Where are you located in the world?

New York City

Q4. What is your favourite Summer drink and why?

I’m really into Prosecco and Rosé this summer- they’re so refreshing and crisp! You have to find good ones that are not to sweet. Other than that- I love a good margarita- just high-quality clear tequila, lime juice, and agave for me.

Q5. What is the perfect Summer’s day setting to enjoy the drink?

Outdoors, mid-afternoon, by the water. I love relaxing with a drink at my boss’ lake-house or my parent’s pool if I can get out of the city.

Q6. Is there a right or wrong way to prepare the drink? i.e. Never drink without ice?

If you’re making a cocktail- always chill the liquor ahead of time. Keep it in the fridge or the freezer. Other than that- there are no rules! Have fun, be creative, and come up with a signature cocktail of your own.

Q7. Is the presentation of the drink important? i.e. ceremony, type of glass, setting.

The proper glass makes all the difference: flutes for champagne, high-balls for cocktails. My sister recently bought me some vintage-shaped/ coupe glasses that are perfect for champagne cocktails. I feel like Daisy Buchanan when I use them!

Q8. Is there a Summer’s day drink that you feel is underrated? If so, why?

The bellini! If you’re in NYC, you have to get one from Cipriani’s in SoHo. That’s what they’re famous for (along with their bolognese sauce!) If you’re at home, make your own peach purée instead of buying it. It’s delicious and refreshing and you get added nutrients from the fresh fruit.

Q9. Where can people find out more about you? i.e. shop address, Twitter username, website url

You can check out my lifestyle blog: or follow me on twitter/instagram @BigCityLilBlog.

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