Thirsting for a tasty drink to beat the summer heat? Here are some locally crafted, easy to make and serve quenchers sure to hit the spot.
The Eclipse Negroni
An easy, two ingredient Negroni variation. Lighter, brighter, and less syrupy than a traditional Negroni, with a crunchy bitterness from the bitter citrus, and warm notes of alpine herbs like fennel and juniper.
Stir all ingredients over ice, and then strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with a lemon peel.
Eclipse is an experimental line of aperitifs. Like the solar eclipse, these don’t come around often and won’t last long. Veso Eclipse Alpine was inspired by the versatility and complexity of London Dry Gin. It’s a similarly complex, yet delicate, aperitif with new flavors to discover on every sip. This aperitif tastes and smells like walking through an Alpine mountain meadow. Veso Eclipse Bitter Citrus aims to honor the big and bold flavors of traditional European Amari while staying true to the wine aperitif form and using California ingredients. It packs a punch of bitterness and tart citrus, balanced by a subtle sweetness. This aperitif tastes like biting into a fresh, ripe grapefruit rind – bright, tart, and pleasantly bitter.
Helles Lager is a German-style lager with a smooth grainy-sweet malt flavor and a soft dry finish – a refreshing, everyday drinker. 5.0% ABV
East Brother Beer Co. is dedicated to brewing exceptional beers using the highest quality ingredients. When it came to Helles Lager, they sought out the best, which led them to Alameda’s Admiral Maltings – in fact, 97% of Helles Lager is made up of Admiral Malts.
Admiral Maltings sources their malts from sustainably grown grains cultivated by California family farms. The result is a malt of unparalleled quality and flavor, providing the foundation for Helles Lager’s smooth and crisp profile.
Green Chile Margarita
1 oz St. George Green Chile Vodka
1 oz blanco tequila
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz agave nectar, honey syrup, or simple syrup
Combine all ingredients with ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with lime.
St. George Green Chile Vodka paints a portrait of perfectly picked peppers. Master distiller Lance Winters created it to capture the kaleidoscope of flavor found in fresh peppers. Jalapeños, serranos,
habañeros, and bell peppers build layers of soft, sweet heat, while lime and cilantro add a chef’s touch.
Photo by Spirit & Spoon
Super Natural & Super Dry Cider
Perfectly dry ciders crafted with Fort Point’s characteristic focus on balance, nuance, and approachability.
Delicately fruity, floral, and round, Super Natural is a dry cider that captures the essence and energy of rosé.
Super Dry is a crisp, refreshing dry cider that strikes the perfect balance between “interesting” and “easy to love.”
Makrut Limepop Spritz
Bright and balanced, Makrut Limepop provides a zesty base for this summer spritz.
2 oz Mommenpop Makrut Limepop
2 oz Prosecco
1 oz Spindrift Lime
Combine all ingredients in a wine glass. Add ice, stir, and garnish with a lime wheel.
Zesty, zippy, and insanely refreshing, Makrut Limepop is a limited-edition summer release made with organic, California Makrut Limes. Makrut Lime (and its leaves!) are traditionally known for their use in Southeast Asian cooking, offering delightfully intense aromatics to the cuisine. A tangy, bright beverage that makes for the perfect base of a spritz…for that added pop of unmistakable citrus zing.
Photos by Nicola Parisi