The Berry Blush Cocktail

Berry Blush CocktailCampari bitters and rich Jamaican rum mix with the fruity deliciousness of pineapple and strawberry in this recipe for a perfect brunch cocktail.

You need to start the fresh strawberry syrup a day in advance, but it is well worth the effort. You will be happy to have extra around to mix into other cocktails, mocktails, and soda water.

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The Botanic Garden Cocktail

The Botanic GardenIt looks like the weather is finally shifting towards springtime—and we are celebrating with this delicious cocktail featuring St. George Bontanivore Gin and Saint Germain. The combination of these two saints makes for a tasty and nuanced cocktail that is both floral and herbal, like a botanic garden.

Saint Germain Liqueur is made from the small, white elderflower that blooms in late spring. It is bright with warm floral notes. And, it livens up a cocktail with sweet and aromatic flavors that hint of pear and lychee.

St. George Spirit’s Botanivore Gin is comprised of 19 different botanicals. Think of a meadow in bloom—herbaceous, fresh, and elegant. With bright citrus, subtle floral notes, earth, and spice, Botanivore Gin it is amazing in this recipe adapted from the St. George website.

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Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini cocktailDaylight Saving Time pulls a trick on us. It’s like everyone around us, including ourselves, is jet-lagged by an hour. This coffee-infused martini might not remedy the problem, but it could give you the boost you need to get through the weekend.

We recommend using decent vodka and good-quality espresso. If you have a home espresso maker, you can pull a few shots and cool them quickly in the freezer. You want to mix the cocktail using chilled espresso so as not to dilute it with ice. This is a great time to have some bottled, cold-brewed espresso (unsweetened) on hand.

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The Hurricane Cocktail

The Hurricane CocktailSo, we may not get hurricanes in Oakland, but we sure get rain. We are celebrating our latest atmospheric river with this classic, Southern cocktail, The Hurricane.

This Hurricane first became popular in the 1940s in New Orleans at Pat O’Brian’s bar. It was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glass that it is served in.

This drink is simple to make and has a delicious blend of passion fruit and orange juices. Plus, it is perfect for serving on Mardi Gras which is only a week away.

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Valentines Dark Chocolate Martini

Valentines Chocolate MartiniThis rich, indulgent experience will satisfy your chocolate lover. It is so simple to mix, but nonetheless very impressive. The Godiva Dark Chocolate Martini makes a wonderful Valentine’s dessert cocktail.

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