Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras

Jessica Nemire

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of Mardi Gras. Although the holiday’s festivities typically begin in mid-February and last for weeks, the biggest day of the celebrations is called Fat Tuesday, which this year falls on February 28. (No, it’s not just the name of that super tall frozen drink you can buy on the Las Vegas Strip, but those are delicious too.)

Although people celebrate Fat Tuesday all over the world, the biggest celebration is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the good ol’ U.S. of A., where festival-goers crowd the infamous Bourbon Street to watch/participate in parades and sip fruity drinks.

No matter where you are in the world, here are a couple of our favorite Mardi Gras drinks and an easy way to make them to celebrate this Fat Tuesday in style.


The Hurricane

Let’s get ready to rumble! Typically served in a “hurricane glass,” with a wide top, wide bottom, and skinny middle, the Hurricane is possibly the most popular Fat Tuesday cocktail.

(from www.oregonlive.com/)

(from www.oregonlive.com/)

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 2 oz. passion fruit juice
  • an orange slice or lemon wedge and/or a marachino cherry to garnish
  • a hurricane glass
  • shaker

Fill the hurricane glass with ice. Pour the rum and juice in the shaker and shake. Pour over the ice in the glass and garnish with the fruit--it’ll look extra cute for the Instagram pic we know you’re going to take. You can also squeeze a little of the juice from your orange or lemon section into the drink for extra flavor. Oh we fancy, huh?


sazerac

Originating in New Orleans in the 1800s, the Sazerac is just as classic of a Mardi Gras beverage as the Hurricane, but might appeal to those with less of a sweet tooth.

(from www.fewspirits.com/)

(from www.fewspirits.com/)

You’ll need:

  • 1 sugar cube
  •  Peychaud’s Bitters–enough to saturate the sugar cube
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • Absinthe
  • 1 lemon peel
  • Mixing glass

In the mixing glass, add 1 sugar cube and saturate it with Peychaud’s Bitters, add a splash of water to help dissolve while muddling. Pour in the whiskey and stir until the cocktail has fully incorporated and chilled (about 30 secs.). Once completed, spray, or "rinse”, the inside of a double old fashion glass with absinthe (avoiding any excess absinthe), then strain the stirred whiskey mixture into the glass. Spritz the cocktail with the zest of a lemon rind. Cheers!

To add a nice touch, stick your glass(es) in the freezer 30 mins prior to creating your cocktail for that frosted effect.


Are you going to be in San Francisco on the 28th? Check out the Mardi Gras parade–it’s free!

(from sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/)

(from sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/)


SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co.

National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day

National Margarita Day

Jessica Nemire

Most define the margarita as the best cocktail to enjoy with your tacos on a Tuesday afternoon happy hour. If you’re anything like us though, you’ve been too “distracted” to even consider where this lime-flavored delight originated from.

While you’ve been celebrating Taco Tuesday, we’ve taken the liberty of researching everybody’s favorite tequila drink (while also celebrating Taco Tuesday), so you can sit back, relax, and take a break from your news app to read about the more important issues at hand; the history of the margarita.

We searched far and wide, from the bottoms of tequila bottles through endless taco-stained pages to find the origin of the margarita. We soon learned that our guess is still as good as anyone’s. Needless to say, we’re not too salty about it.

Our quest for the original “Margarita” is said to be traced back to a recipe for “The Daisy,” (which in Spanish translates to “Margarita.” Coincidence?), published in a bartender’s book dating back to the 1800s. Further investigation reveals an infamous restaurant owner named Danny Herrera, who claimed that he invented the tequila-based drink in 1938. Then there was the Texan socialite named Margarita who in 1948 takes credit for creating the concoction at her summer home in Mexico. (Thanks for the invite, Margarita.)

Regardless of how margaritas came into our lives, we’re happy they did.

If this article is making you thirsty, don’t fret. We wouldn’t be the best mobile bartending service in the city (and like, ever) if we left you without some SFB-specific margarita pro tips.


1.The Tequila

For a truly delicious margarita, allow the tequila to do the talking. Whatever the label, just be sure it’s 100% de agave. Some of our fan faves are Tres Generaciones Anejo, Fortaleza Anejo, and Casamigos Anejo. They’re a bit on the pricier side, but well worth it if you want an exceptional cocktail. Let it be known we were hesitant to even try a celebrity owned tequila, but there’s no denying George Clooney delivered with his unbelievably smooth tequila line, Casamigos. Seriously, what can’t this guy do?

(from http://tastetequila.com/)

(from http://tastetequila.com/)

(from http://norcalmargarita.com/)

(from http://norcalmargarita.com/)


2.Lime juice

Always, always, always use fresh lime juice when making a margarita. If you have a citrus squeezer, buying whole limes and juicing those bad boys yourself (thin skinned limes work best), but avoiding the lime juice in the store (ie. Real Lime-blegh) makes for the very best margarita. You can also add Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau for a slightly sweeter hint, but that’s totes up to you. Half of our team uses it, half doesn’t. Experiment to find your happy medium, then get back to us to settle the debate.

 

 


3.Agave

Like we said above, the best tequilas are made with 100 percent agave. Using Agave Nectar, which is at least 30 percent sweeter than sugar and has less calories, is the “only” way SF Bartenders’ founder, Seth, says margaritas should be made. You can find Agave Nectar in most grocers now, so go out and buy yourself a bottle if you’ve only used “margarita mix” till this point. You’ll thank the Agave Nectar Gods. ‘Nuff said.

 

(from http://www.oldmexicogourmet.com/)

(from http://www.oldmexicogourmet.com/)

(from http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/)

(from http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/)


Last but not least, the very best margaritas are shaken and served over rocks, never blended, so you can really taste every ingredient, and trust us, you’ll want to.

 

Whichever your preference, don’t forget National Margarita Day is coming up on February 22, which happens to fall on a Wednesday. This conveniently takes place between Marg Monday, Taco Tuesday, and Thirsty Thursday. Something tells us the week of 2/20 is going to be a good one. Maybe it’ll even hold us over until Cinco de Mayo.. but probably not.


SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co.

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SFB's Debate Drinking Game

Sf bartenders' DEBATE DRINKING GAME

(Photo Cred: Brew Dog)

(Photo Cred: Brew Dog)

October 2016- San Francisco is littered with fading Bernie 2016 stickers, Trump piñatas and naked Trump statues are displayed throughout the city, and debate watch parties are stretching everywhere from the Mission, to the Marina, to our living rooms. 

With the first debate shattering the record for most watched presidential debate in history, garnering over 84 million viewers, it’s no secret that this election is at the very least, a (ahem) “popular” one.

Whether you’re tuning into the debate at one of the many debate watch parties across the city, throwing a watch party of your own, or streaming the debate on BART during your daily commute this Wednesday, SFB's debate drinking game is sure to amp up the entertainment factor and hopefully dampen the SOS-factor.

Fun fact for the vodka drinkers in the house: Its been reported that Hillary's cocktail of choice is a vodka martini- James Bond style. Though Trump prides himself in his alcohol-free lifestyle, he did ironically launch a line of Trump "super premium" vodka in 2006, but unfortunately it didn't take off and the product is no longer sold, so we'll never get to know if Hillary is a fan of shaking it up. 

So come one, come all, San Franciscan and non-San Franciscan friends alike. Hang your political piñatas, grab your drink of choice, and let’s make your debate watch party great again.


(Photo Cred: Heat Street)

(Photo Cred: Heat Street)

Take a Lil' Sip Every Time…

  • Trump says “believe me..”
  • Hillary makes that smirk- we know that you know exactly what we're talking about
  • Trump says “locker room talk” and/or talks about the respect he has for women
  • Trump interrupts Hillary
  • Hillary says “African-American” or “Latinos/Hispanics”
  • Trump confidently disagrees with something which has concrete evidence to support it
  • Hillary says “hillaryclinton.com”
  • Trump says the word “China.”
  • Trump changes a statistic during the course of a monologue
  • Passive-aggressively take a sip every time your watch-buddy makes an obvious comment pertaining to either candidate
  • Trump ironically says the word "stupid" or "disgraceful"
  • If Bernie Sanders is ever mentioned


Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for responsible adults of legal drinking age who wish to have a good time with friends. It is purely intended for entertainment purposes. SF Bartenders does not advocate the abuse of alcoholic beverages, and if you enjoy our post during Wednesday's debate, please do so with moderation and caution. It is not with intent to promote mis-use of alcohol, alcoholism, binge drinking or any other form of alcohol abuse.

SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co.

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Battle Of The Pumpkin Brews

Battle of The Pumpkin Brews

If you're anything like us, odds are that you've fallen victim to the very nature of the beast, or should we say ghoul, that is grocery shopping in October.

Every Fall, we watch pumpkin-flavored-everything permeate our grocery store aisles, and in our best attempt to be festive, we continue to fill our shopping carts with everything bearing the word "pumpkin" on its label. Here at SF Bartenders, though we do enjoy our fair share of pumpkin spice cookies, candy corn, and PSLs, being a beverage catering company, we tend to have a soft spot for the boo-ze.

Given that by nature, pumpkin beer has a tendency of being profoundly hit-or-miss, the team at SF Bartenders took the liberty of sampling every pumpkin beer that lined the aisle at our local Whole Foods market this year and are reporting back to you to save you the trouble-- and a few bucks (we’ll send you an invoice).

For the TL;DR version, the brews in bold were our fan faves.


1.) BUFFALO BILL’S BREWERY’S AMERICA’S ORIGINAL PUMPKIN ALE- ABV 6%, IBU 12

Before this sampling, our colleague Sarah proclaimed this ale as her "go-to pumpkin beer," and clearly she wasn't the only one who shared this sentiment. With Buffalo Bill brewing up the first commercial pumpkin ale to hit the market in 1985, he's kept OG pumpkin fans like us sipping for 30+ years now. Our man Bill's ale is a lighter-bodied beer, very sugary and sweet, which we best described as pumpkin candy-flavored. One of our favorite things about Buffalo Bill's brand was that the bottle cap flaunted the words "do not use teeth," which we enjoyed almost as much as our teeth did. All in all, a solid, classic, and hearty pumpkin beer to its very core.


2.) ELYSIAN NIGHT OWL PUMPKIN ALE- ABV 6.7%, IBU-18.

A beer that is far easier to drink than it is to pronounce, Elysian Night Owl is a pumpkin ale that SF Bartenders’ founder, Seth, described as “Aunt Diana’s pumpkin pie,” and though the rest of us have never met this mythical Aunt Diana, nor have we had her pumpkin pie, we couldn’t agree more. Brewed with 7 pounds of pumpkin per barrel and quintessential fall spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice, this beer is as close to liquid, alcoholic, pumpkin pie as they come. That being said, drinking more than a glass or two could be a feat given the sweetness, so it might be wise to share a "slice" with a friend.


3.) SHIPYARD SMASHED PUMPKIN ALE- ABV 9%, IBU- 26

The first word uttered from our team concerning smell and taste of this beer was “metallic.” The general consensus then graduated into describing the pumpkin flavor as “thin” and “artificial.” We went through the inaccurate flavor description listed on the bottle as if it were a checklist; "big body, it says? As far as body, no. I think its big in terms of alcohol content goes, but not body. Aroma? Yeah, I mean, I don't smell nutmeg, I don't smell pumpkin, I don't smell allspice, I don't smell clove.. It just smells like an artificial pumpkin beer."

If you couldn't already tell, we weren't particularly fond of Shipyard’s Signature Ale, and were in resounding agreement that it simply just tasted like cheap beer with cheap pumpkin flavoring. SFB would not particularly recommend, unless you're in a bind and looking for a cheap pumpkin fix, but given that this was one of the most expensive beers in this tasting, tipping the scale at over $9 for a liter at our local Whole Foods, you'd probably be better off opting for, like, anything else.


4.) DOGFISH HEAD PUNKIN ALE- ABV: 7%, IBU’s: 28

Sarah hit the nail on the head with her comment of “it’s the most well-rounded. It’s not too boozy, not too pumpkin-ey, [and] not too spicy.” Again, we found ourselves reading through the flavor profile listed on the bottle as if it were a checklist, but in this case, we were remarkably less reluctant to leave each box with a check; "I do taste the pumpkin spices, allspice, brown sugar. It is full bodied and well rounded.

Because of this, Dogfish won our pick for all-around most drinkable pumpkin beer by a landslide. Though we found The Elysian (or however you pronounce that) Night Owl, to be quite the hoot, this "Punkin" ale is the better option If you're searching for a pumpkin beer that you can drink more than one or two of. We also decided to throw in an honorable mention for best dressed because, bro, check out how freakin' cool that label looks.


5.) BUFFALO BILL’S BLACK PUMPKIN OATMEAL STOUT- ABV: 7.9%, IBU’s: 40

We were all in agreement that this beer bore a profoundly cardboard-like smell. Another key recurring descriptor was “granola.” Despite this acutely bland smell though, Seth described the taste as “..a carnival where they try to throw so much onto your plate that its just too much. You know, its just, the nose, the mouth, it lingers for days.” We appreciate the sentiment of our friend Buffalo Bill venturing off into other pumpkin beer arenas, but unfortunately he didn't exactly garner rave reviews from our team on this one.


6.) TREAT IMPERIAL CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN PORTER- ABV:7.8%, IBU’s: 30

Very big on the nose- lots of spices, but not overpowering. Unlike many of the other beers in this tasting, there were few notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and more of raw pumpkin, or as Sarah put it, “no PSL. This is the real deal, like back-alley pumpkin.” 


SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co

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54° of Luxury- Olume's Grand Opening

54° OF LUXURY- OLUME’S GRAND OPENING


(http://www.7x7.com/)

(http://www.7x7.com/)

August: a time that most of the Northern Hemisphere commonly refers to as “summer.”

While our friends in Southern California are clad in flip-flops and t-shirts, us San Franciscans are spending our days scarf shopping, punching holes in our hot cocoa rewards card, and watching ill-prepared tourists sport those god-forsaken $12 fleece sweaters from Fisherman’s Wharf.

But that didn’t stop Olume, mid-market’s newest luxury apartment tower, from hosting their grand opening rooftop party on August 4 this year. 7x7 and SF Bartenders teamed up with Anchor Distillery and TeaBox in our best effort to heat things up with our custom cocktails created for the event. A crowd favorite on this brisk 54°F Thursday evening was our “Summertea -n- The Ginings Easy" cocktail. And yes, we're qualified to represent the SFC(ity):

  • 3/4 oz. TeaBox Darjeeling Cordial,
  • 1 1/2 oz. Anchor Distilling’s Junipero Gin, and
  • 1/4 oz. splash of Kina L’Aero,
  • garnished with an edible flower.

 

"Summertime -n- The Ginings Easy" (@SFBartenders)

"Summertime -n- The Ginings Easy" (@SFBartenders)

  "San Francisco Soda" (http://7x7.com/)

  "San Francisco Soda" (http://7x7.com/)

We also poured other unique specialty cocktails such as the "San Francisco Soda," which featured SF's own Anchor Distillery spirits:

  • 1 1/4 oz. Anchor Distillery's Hophead Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • Splash of soda water
  • Topped with Anchor Brewery IPA
  • Garnished with a lemon wedge

With the event also featuring nibbles from The Market, tunes courtesy of DJ Kingmost, and stunning 360° views from San Francisco’s newest luxury rooftop patio, it’s no wonder guests quickly warmed up to the idea of a brisk happy hour on this SF "summer" eve.


SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co

5 Autumn Cocktails You'll Fall in Love With

5 Autumn Cocktails

You'll Fall in Love With

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, Giants fans are crossing their fingers in hopes of another World Series victory, and most importantly, nameless coffee corporations now bear the option of pumpkin spice-flavored coffee drinks. Fall is in the building, people.

Along with sneaking a shot of whiskey into your PSL this year (don’t worry, we won’t judge), the team at your favorite beverage catering company, SF Bartenders, have decided to break the mold of fall treats in homage to our fellow boozehounds. Our team has pulled a few of our favorite fall-themed alcoholic delights in our best attempt to raise your spirits—pun intended.


Cranberry Margaritas

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice

  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 3/4 cup tequila

  • 1/2 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec

Instructions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together until blended. Serve over ice in a sugar- or salt-rimmed glass

  2. Garnish with fresh cranberries and lime.

(from http://www.saltandwind.com/)

(from http://www.saltandwind.com/)

Pumpkin Pie Martini  

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Malibu Rum

  • 1 oz. Kalhua

  • 6 oz. Milk

  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Filling (to taste).

  • 1/3 tsp. cinnamon

  • Graham crackers


Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender with a few cubes of ice.

  2. Serve in a glass rimmed with finely crushed graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top for garnish. Enjoy!

(from http://thecookierookie.com/)

(from http://thecookierookie.com/)

pomegranate, orange, and persimmon sangria

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Navel Orange or 2 Clementines, sliced width wise

  • 1 Medium Fuyu Persimmon, stem removed, sliced width wise, and cut into small triangles

  • 1/3 Cup Pomegranate Arils

  • 1 Bottle Pinot Noir

  • 1 ½ Cup Sweetened Pomegranate Juice

  • 1/4 Cup Brandy

  • 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Place the fruit in the bottom of a pitcher and muddle it slightly with a wooden spoon. Add the wine, brandy, and sugar, and stir to combine. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Chill for a minimum of 4 hours, but overnight is best for the flavors to meld.

  2. Serve with ice and additional fresh fruit as desired. Enjoy!

(from http://givemesomeoven.com/)

(from http://givemesomeoven.com/)


Spiced Persimmon Old Fashioned

 Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 Medium ripe Fuyu persimmon, diced, ends trimmed and discarded

  • 1/8 Orange

  • 2-3 Teaspoons pure maple syrup

  • 2 ounces rye or whiskey

  • 4 dashes orange bitters

  • 1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick

  • Ice

Instructions:
1.) Muddle persimmon, orange, and maple syrup in a rocks glass to bruise the orange and start to break up the persimmon.
2.) Add the ice, rye or whiskey, and orange bittersGrate a touch of cinnamon over the top, the stir with the cinnamon stick until chilled through. Serve.


(from http://www.nj.com/)

(from http://www.nj.com/)

 

Apple Cider Mimosas

 Ingredients:

  • Apple Cider

  • Champagne/Sparkling Wine

  • Gold & Silver Sprinkles

  • Apple Slices

Instructions:

  1.  Dip the top of each champagne glass into water and then dip in the sprinkles to coat.

  2. Pour each champagne glass 1/2-3/4 full with apple cider.

  3. Top with champagne. Enjoy


(from http://www.flavorthemoments.com/)

(from http://www.flavorthemoments.com/)

SF Bartenders is fully licensed and insured beverage catering company servicing events throughout the Bay Area and California. For more information or to hire bartenders, visit SFBartenders.co