The Cherry Margarita

The Cherry Margarita

By Wylie, Piedmont Grocery’s resident mixologist.

There’s nothing wrong with a classic margarita. It’s an easy crowd pleaser on taco Tuesday. But if you’re looking to switch things up, we’ve got a great option for you.

A recent addition to our set is Paladin Agricanto, an Italian cherry-almond liqueur made from Raboso wine. It’s a delight on its own over ice or as a substitute for red vermouth in cocktails. It’s fruity cherry flavor also pairs perfectly with fresh squeezed lime and reposado tequila.

Think of this cherry margarita as cherry juice for adults. It’s rich and satisfying to sip. We recommend skipping the salt rim on this cocktail—it’s got enough going on as it is. But hey, you do you.

The Cherry Margarita Recipe
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Vodka Martini

Mother's Day Vodka Martini

Mother’s Day Vodka Martini
Sometimes what mom really wants for Mother’s Day is a martini. So, we asked our Wine & Spirits department for recommendations for the tastiest vodka and vermouth for the job.

Making a vodka martini is all about the quality of the ingredients—it is such a simple cocktail that the flavors really come through. So, we are recommending D. George Benham’s Vodka and Dolin Vermouth—two of our favorites that we carry at the store.

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The S.O.S. Cocktail (Sprig o’ Spring)

The S.O.S Cocktail (Sprig o’ Spring)By Wylie, Piedmont Grocery’s resident mixologist
Spring is here! This herbaceous rosemary cocktail will help you stay cool as you enjoy that warm sunshine we’ve been getting in the East Bay.

The ingredients are minimal so that you can better appreciate the simple flavor of each component. Fresh lemon, fresh rosemary, clean gin— this cocktail is like the essence of spring distilled into a divine liquid.

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The Cosmopolitan

The CosmopolitanThe Cosmopolitan has as many origin stories as the beginning of the world. It is referenced as early as 1934 as the Cosmopolitan Daisy in a book called Pioneers of Mixing at Elite Bars with the addition of home made raspberry syrup. Some say the Cosmopolitan is the adaptation of the Kamikaze and others say it is was developed to create more options for people to drink out of a martini glass.

Regardless of who started it, the cocktail became trendy in the 1990s and downright famous by being continuously reference on the TV series Sex in the City. The mid-90s brought the variation of using citrus-flavors vodka. But, our classic recipe calls for unflavored vodka.

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