As we wait for spring season to bestow its warmth sunny vibes, now is the perfect time to get cozy indoors and warm up with a winter cocktail or two. Whether you’re downtown, an old-school San Francisco neighborhood, or across the bay, not to worry – we’ve done the heavy lifting to curate these 10 cozy cocktails to try this winter.
Leave it to Hakkasan to come up with creative cocktails to fit the season. Go for the “Only At” menu by Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon, where you’ll find dishes and cocktails that have been heavily influenced by the local ingredients and flavors of San Francisco as well as some of the signature Hakkasan dishes. Two of our favorites include the Smoke & Spice (El Silencio Espadin mezcal, water melon, celery bay leaf, lemon juice, birdseye chili tincture) and the French Summer (Hennessey VSOP cognac, mint, fennel, lemon juice, orange flower water, absinthe).
Located in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood, The Alembic has a seasonal cocktail program featuring a two-part menu, which categorizes drinks into “New School” – where every drink incorporates ingredients made in-house, and “The Canon” – featuring timeless drinks that fit the season. Don’t miss The Mourning After (Spiced Brown Butter, House-made Chestnut Liqueur, Bourbon, Whey Caramel, Averna Cream and Volcanic Salt), a must try before winter is over.
At SoMa’s beloved Salt House, Bar Manager Gabe Cothes is stirring up a lot of buzz with his eclectic cocktail program. With the launch of the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Evan Gotanda, and a new menu, Salt House offers a number of concoctions that are perfectly suited to enjoy before, during and after dinner. Winter “musts”include the Yves Saint Cremant (Bergamot infused Gin / Honey / Anjou Pear / Cremant de Bourgogne) and Thistle & Rye (Rittenhouse Rye / Campari / Bosca Tosti Cardamaro / Prickly Ash Tinture).
Iron & Oak at the Oakland Marriott City Center
At the newly-opened Iron & Oak, located on the second floor of the recently-renovated Oakland Marriott City Center, the talented bar team offers Comfort and Joy, featuring pomegranate juice, rosemary syrup, bourbon, a rosemary sprig and cinnamon stick to garnish.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Located in picturesque Livermore Valley Wine Country, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is featuring citrus cocktails to fit the winter season. The menu includes Tangerine Tango with vodka, house tangerine syrup, triple sec, lemon and a dash of peychauds bitters, Rose and Rye with Wente rose, Templeton 6yr rye, sloe gin, garden thyme syrup, lemon juice, ruby grapefruit and a splash of peychauds bitters and Gin Fizz with sipsmith gin, lemongrass and kaffir lime simple syrup, domaine canton, egg white, lemon and a garden basil leaf.
E&O Kitchen and Bar
The talented team behind the bar at E&O Kitchen and Bar in Union Square has created a standout margarita to pair with Executive Chef Sharon Nahm’s bold modern Asian cuisine. Scotch Beet is earthy and tasty, with a touch of ginger and bonus of a booze soaked beet garnish.