August 6, 2016

Cant resist a summer cocktail! At home its even better!

August 6, 2016

Cant resist a summer cocktail! At home its even better!

I’ll be the first to say that most cocktails are pretty darn lovely any time of the year. From the refreshers to the warmers to the fruity to the bitter — you name it — if it’s a fabulous cocktail, then it doesn’t really matter when you drink it.

Still, what takes a cocktail to the next level are the focused ingredients that get us excited about each new season. When it’s summertime, we think of citrus, flowers, herbs and vermouth. (Actually, I take that back — we’re always thinking of vermouth.)

Regardless, summer cocktails don’t have to be typecast into the sugary-rum category. They can be made from virtually any type of spirit into a crisp summer cocktail with more layers of complexity than a Cuba Libre could ever fathom.

So now that summer is approaching here in San Francisco, it’s time to grab our windbreakers and hit the town. And if we count our lucky stars, we might actually score a chance for some sun. But why wait? Let’s drink like it’s summer — fog or shine.


Tammy Hagans (Bergerac)

Tammy Hagans of SOMA’s Bohemian cocktail joint Bergerac has been gearing up for the warm (OK, sometimes warm) season with this refreshing recipe. You’ll find this one featured on their brand-new summer cocktail menu.

Singani Sidekick
1.5 oz. Singani 63
0.5 oz. Gran Classico
0.25 oz. Dolin Blanc
0.5 oz. lime
0.5 oz. lavender syrup
Peychaud’s Bitters

316 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Matthew Winger (The Libertine)

Matthew Winger, co-proprietor of Grand Avenue hotspot The Libertine in Oakland, certainly had flowers on the brain when he created this tantalizing summer sipper. Take notes on this one for your next garden party, or stop by to see what other tricks Matt has in his back bar.

Abbey’s Garden
Cucumber-infused KAPPA Pisco
FRUITLAB Hibiscus Liqueur
Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters
Lemon juice
Simple syrup
Dried hibiscus-flower garnish

The Libertine
3332 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610


Erik Tennyson (Liholiho Yacht Club and Wine & Spirits magazine)

Erik Tennyson, of both Liholiho Yacht Club and Wine & Spirits magazine, put together this superbly aromatic cocktail that’s truly fit for a queen. Purposely avoiding any garnish, he prefers not to let fruits or leaves get in the way of his summertime drinking.

Queen Ester
2 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum
1 oz. Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
4 dashes of Abbott’s Bitters

Liholiho Yacht Club
871 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


Howie Slater (Drexl)

Howie Slater of Uptown Oakland’s beloved Drexl was seeing green when he concocted this French potion. It’s spritzy; it’s aromatic; and it will take your palate on a Tour de France of deliciousness. No ’roid boost necessary. (Sorry, Lance.)

The Sweaty French Girl
1.25 oz. Chartreuse
1.25 oz. La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Blanc
0.5 oz. Suze
0.5 oz. lemon
Splash of soda

382 19th Street
Oakland, CA 94612


Stephen Swisher and Jordana Gonzalez (Myriad)

Stephen Swisher and Jordana Gonzalez of local favorite Myriad Gastropubin the Mission put their spirit heads together and came up with this perfect supplement to a sunny day at Dolores Park. And good news — it looks like you won’t have to pay the city to reserve a spot at the park after all. Whew!

1 oz. Punt e Mes
2 oz. Ron Copa Rica
0.5 oz. lemon juice
0.25 oz. lemon coriander simple syrup
2 oz. Saint Archer White Ale float

Myriad Gastropub
2491 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110


Bryan Hamann (The Progress)

Bryan Hamann of San Francisco’s award-winning prodigy The Progress was really feeling the summer vibes when he created this citrusy pick-me-up, which will make you want to be out tanning on a boat. Or more like sailing with your windbreaker on.

The River Maid
1.5 oz. Crater Lake Rye
0.5 oz. Velvet Falernum
0.5 oz. ginger lemongrass syrup
0.5 oz. lime
0.5 oz. grapefruit
Jamaican bitters

The Progress
1525 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115


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