Friday, July 31, 2009

Catch 22

July 30, 2009

Square 1 Cucumber vodka
fresno chili

Muddle cucumber and chili. Combine ingredients, shake and fine strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

We were lucky enough to have Allison Evanow, creator of Square One Vodka, at our bar tonight. We love her products, so we wanted to showcase her elegant Cucumber Vodka with a simple blend of ingredients that emphasized the savory side of the cocktail spectrum. This one had a touch of heat, but had a cool cucumber finish.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Plum Fizz

July 29, 2009

La Favorite Rhum Agricole
lime juice
egg white
Small Hand Foods orgeat
Peychaud's bitters
soda water

Muddle plum. Combine ingredients, dry shake. Add ice and shake for at least 1 minute. Fine strain into a collins glass (no ice), top with soda. Garnish with a lime wheel.

"Fizzes" are defined as cocktails that contain both citrus and soda, but are traditionally served without ice, unlike a "collins". The typical variations on the fizz include:
Silver Fizz — addition of egg white
Golden Fizz — addition of egg yolk
Royal Fizz — addition of whole egg

Cantina's Cooler

July 28, 2009

Chopin vodka
Housemade blackberry syrup

Muddle ginger and basil. Combine ingredients, shake, and fine strain. Serve in a pilsner and top with soda. Garnish with a basil leaf.

This tall, cold one is a variation on a cocktail that used to be on the menu at Cantina.

Tour de France

July 27, 2009

Manzanilla sherry
Housemade vin de peche
Regan's orange bitters

Stirred. Serve in a rocks glass without ice. Garnish with an orange chip.

This cocktail exemplifies "less is more". The vin de peche is cotes du rhone infused with peach leaves (and other top secret ingredients)... the results are complex, slightly sweet, and delicious.

Copa de Oro

July 26, 2009

Blue Coat gin
Manzanilla sherry
Housemade apricot brandy
Peychaud's bitters

Muddle apricot, combine ingredients, shake and fine-strain. Serve up without a garnish.

On Sunday Mexico beat the US (5-0) in the Copa de Oro soccer tournament. Because they kicked out butts so soundly, we decided to tip out hats to our neighbors to the south... despite the fact that this drink has nothing remotely Mexican in it.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Locket

July 25, 2009

Santa Teresa 1796
Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
sour cherry syrup

Shake it up, fine strain, and serve up. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Like a slightly tart rum Manhattan. I remember a tart in Manhattan that I slightly liked...


July 24, 2009

Zubrowka vodka
Blandy's madiera
lime juice

Muddle strawberry. Combine ingredients, shake and strain into a bucket glass full of ice. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Zubrowka's "Bison Grass" vodka is rumored to have all sorts of health benefits. Let us know if any of your ailments have disappeared since you had a Matador.


July 23, 2009

Barasol pisco
Punt e Mes
agave nectar
chucho bitters

Muddle apricot. Combine ingredients, shake and strain. Serve up. Garnish with a lemon ribbon.

Mike made another guest appearance and graced us with this fine cocktail. Huacachina refers to a small oasis in Peru where a mermaid is rumored to live. What exactly did Mike see on his South American vacation?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Model A

July 22, 2009

Old Overholt rye whiskey
Qi White Tea liqueur
Regan's Orange Bitters

Muddle apricot, shake all ingredients, fine strain and serve up. Garnish with a lemon chip.

Two words: Dee Lish.


July 21, 2009

Sagatiba Velha (aged cachaca)
Veev açaí berry spirit
Furmint (dry white wine)

Muddle cantaloupe, shake all ingredients, and fine strain. Serve on the rocks in a bucket. Garnish with an orange half-moon.

This is the sexy sister of the Brooke classic, Vin de Pamlemousse, which had grapefruit, vodka, white wine, vanilla, and lemon. We changed the name to "Summer Lovin'", and put it on the list.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mora Mora

July 20, 2009

Barsol Pisco
Chicha Morada
orange juice
Peruvian Bitters

Muddle blackberry; add other ingredients, shake and fine strain. Serve up with a lime chip.

Chicha morada is a traditional non-alchoholic Peruvian beverage made from purple corn, pineapple, apple and cinnamon. Brooke got this batch from Range/Beretta veteran Enrique Sanchez, and found it to be a perfect match with Pisco.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


July 18, 2009

Ron Pampero Aniversario Rum
lemon juice
lime juice
orange juice
Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients except the rum and soda, and fine strain into a collins glass. Top with soda and float the rum. Garnish with an orange half-moon.

For Range's fourth year anniversary we had to use the rum named Aniversario. No brainer!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tall Tales

July 17, 2009

Gosling's Black Rum
Mandarine Napoleon orange liqueur
lime juice

Shake, fine strain and serve in a pilsner glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

This fine rum punch was the creation of guest-tender Mike LaFreniere. It's a tall, cool drink that made us all wish we were in the Caribbean under a palapa with our toes in the sand. Damn these San Francisco "summers".

Friday, July 17, 2009

French Buck

July 16, 2009

Tito's vodka
Lillet Blanc
Canton ginger liqueur

Muddle ginger. Combine ingredients, shake, fine strain and serve up. Garnish with a mint leaf.

The "buck" is a classic cocktail term that means ginger is being used in some way. The classic Gin Buck is the impish sister of the Dark and Stormy, and is comprised of gin, lemon, and ginger ale. We wanted something even softer and more elegant, so we mixed equal parts Lillet and vodka, a splash of Canton, a few mint leaves, a chunk of ginger (muddled) and 1/4 lemon. Light & easy with a hint-o-mint and a good ginger backbone.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Muddy Waters

July 15, 2009

Housemade Apricot Brandy
Old Overholt rye whiskey

Shake & serve up with a lemon twist.

Brooke made some apricot infused brandy which is tasty, but (let's be honest) pretty ugly. Apricots tend to oxidize quickly if uncooked, so what came out was a muddy brown booze. Actually, it was appropriate since she just returned from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans... mix in a little whiskey, and you got yerself a damn tasty beverage.

Kinda Blue

July 12, 2009

No. 209 gin
orange juice
creme de cacao

Muddle blueberries; shake, fine-strain and serve up. Garnish with an orange chip.

This is a Mike LaFreniere creation through and through. Just when you thought he was making a "normal" cocktail, wham! he throws in some creme de cacao. Sounds odd... tastes delicious.

Now & Later

July 11, 2009

Flor de Caña Silver rum
tarragon syrup
St. Bernardus Wit (float)

Shake and fine-strain into a collins glass, then top with beer. Garnish with a lemon half-moon.

Beer can be a delicious addition to many fruit-based cocktails. The wit beer used in this one brings out the citrus and adds a touch of spice.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Red Velvet

July 10, 2009

Pueblo Viejo silver tequila
blackberry-strawberry puree
lime juice
creme de cassis
Velvet Falernum (a clove & lime leaf liqueur)

Shake, fine-strain and serve up. Garnish with a fresh blackberry.

This one went over pretty well. We went though almost three bottles of tequila, and we actually ran out of the house made puree. Can't go wrong with tequila and berries!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cat's Eye

July 9, 2009

Flor de Caña silver rum
honeydew melon
lime juice
Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

Shake, fine strain, and serve up. Garnish with a lime wedge.

It's funny. The previous night's melon drink, "The Palindrome", took a lot of tweaking before we got the proportions just right, yet we hit this one on the first try. I suppose simplicity wins almost every time.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Palindrome

July 8, 2009

No. 209 gin
Lillet Blanc
Viña godeval godello cosecha, 2007 (or any quality dry white wine)
honeydew melon
gomme syrup
Regan's Orange bitters

Shake, fine strain and serve up. Garnish with three small melon balls.

Pal-in-drome (pal'-in-drom): A word, sentence, verse, etc., that is the same read forward as it is backward, as "Madam, I'm Adam". To be perfectly honest, we had a hard time thinking up a name for this one, but we noticed that "melon" and "lemon" almost created a palindrome... so there you have it. Bartender + Nerd = obscure linguistic reference.

R & R

July 7, 2009

Rittenhouse rye
Lemon/chamomile tea
orange flower water

Shake and fine-strain into a collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Original version created by Jim Meehan of PTD in the East Village, NYC. Brooke put her own spin on it. Like they say, it takes a village to make a cocktail.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Beers At Zeitgeist

July 6, 2009

9 pitchers of beer
15 Range employees (give or take)
15 pint glasses
several hamburgers

Mix thoroughly while sitting outside at Zeitgeist; No garnish

Range was closed today, so we all met at Zeitgeist and had a few cold ones.

The Violet

July 5, 2009

No. 209 gin
Rothman & Winter Orchard Apricot liqueur

Shake and serve on the rocks. Garnish with 3 blueberries

Blueberries are in season! Get 'em while they're good 'n blue!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Declaration

July 4, 2009

Buffalo Trace bourbon
Qi White Tea liqueur

Shake and serve in a tall pilsner glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

We resisted the urge to make something red, white & blue, but the drink does connect to the Revolutionary War in that it has a pleasant, lingering tea aftertaste... remember the Boston Tea Party? No? Well, Google it, y'all!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Purple Elephant

July 3, 2009

Barbacort Rum
Lime juice
Orange juice
One huge blackberry (muddled)

Shake and serve on the rocks. Garnish with 3 blueberries.

Mike came back to make a guest appearance and blessed us with this delicious creation. If you don't know Mike, you should. He's a brilliant bartender and one of the funniest individuals that you will ever meet. He'll be making some cameo apperances all through the summer. Check the blog to find out when. (Mike's next show: Saturday, July 11th)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Hot African Nights

July 2, 2009

Rittenhouse Rye 100
Canton ginger liqueur
Meyer's lemon juice
Walnut cordial (Eli's own concoction)
Angostura bitters

Shake and fine strain into a collins glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh ginger.

This is Eli's final cocktail of the day before he goes off to Africa (cue: violins and sighs). We're gonna miss that low-talkin'-bed-headed-abstract-thinkin'-wolf-shirt-wearin' guy...

The Bandit

July 1, 2009

Pueblo Viejo Silver tequila
Canton ginger liqueur
meyer's lemon juice
egg whites
Regan's orange bitters

Dry shake first (no ice); add ice, then shake it 'til your arm hurts. Serve up. No garnish needed.

We had a similar drink on our list a while back called "Smokey and the Bandit" which included a smoky mescal liqueur. "The Bandit" lacks the mescal and the smokiness... hence the name.