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Cocktail Club Tasting Notes: August 2015

 PlumpJack Wine &Spirits brings you this month’s cocktail club tasting notes featuring Grand Poppy Liquer and Bette Jane Club Soda. Another August has passed and another summer gone bye. This one seemed to be warmer than most in recent memory – even for San Francisco standards. When it turns hot out, our go to summer cocktails usually involve light aperitif based drinks, spritzes and drinks infused with bounties from the garden in bloom during this time of year. This month, we feature a large variety of ingredients to make an array of summery inspired drinks – all supported by Grand Poppy Liqueur, an aperitif liqueur from California native Greenbar Craft Spirits.

 Cheers to a long and continued summer,

Your Friends at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits 

Greenbar Craft Distillery was founded by husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew in 2004. Enamored by the quality of the local produce mixed with a taste for quality beverages, they began by sourcing neutral grain spirits to infuse with local organic produce. Aside from the obvious health benefits of organics, they discovered it contributed to a more intense flavor and aromatic profile when used in spirits. The company also claims and aims to be carbon negative through using only certified organic ingredients, reducing packaging waste through lightweight bottles produced without chemical treatments (like frosting, plastics or metallic paints), using 100% post consumed wasted recycled labels and by planting a tree for every bottle sold.

The Grand Poppy Liqueur is a California inspired interpretation of a Lillet or Cocchi Americano European style aperitif liqueur. Made with the best of California’s bounty like the California Poppy (state flower), oranges, lemons and grapefruits, bay leaf, dandelion, artichoke, gentian, geranium, cherry bark, cane sugar and more! It is easily enjoyed in a simple preparation over rocks with a citrus rind twist, occasionally topped with sparkling water. It’s floral and bitter qualities shine with a base spirit, and proper ratios of tart citrus juice balanced by a sweet and floral liqueur or syrup. Try subbing it for Lillet or Campari in Corpse Reviver and Negroni inspired drinks as well!

Bette Jane Club Soda, made by Kirk Pearson of Pearson Soda Works, got its start as a home passion project and quickly grew into a contract soda company supporting the likes of San Francisco’s bar scene. It all started with the ginger beer as Kirk was tinkering away in his home kitchen trying to find the perfect recipe – at the time all for home consumption. He gave away his samples to friends and family and eventually was asked to produce some for the menu of a San Francisco bar. After that the requests kept rolling in it was time to move to a co-packing facility. One of the best things about this club soda is how fizzy it is, never going flat no matter what you mix with it.

Cocktails

Ciudad por el Prado Quema
1oz Peloton Mezcal
1oz Grand Poppy liqueur
1oz fresh lemon juice
1oz simple syrup

Build all ingredients over ice into a cocktail or cobbler shaker. Pour over rocks filled glass and garnish with lemon wedge.

Poppy Patch Daiquiri
1oz Grand Poppy Liqueur
1oz Caña Brava Rum
½oz fresh lemon juice
1-2 fresh strawberries
2 dashes Bitter Queens Orange Bitters

Muddle strawberries in mixing glass with lemon juice and bitters. Add the rum and Grand Poppy followed by ice. Shake vigorously and double strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled coup or cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist

Grand Boulevard
1 ½oz Bulleit bourbon
1oz Grand Poppy Liqueur
1oz Noilly Pratt rouge vermouth

Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass until well combined. Pour into rocks glass over a single large ice cube. Garnish with expressed orange rind.

Bitter Queens: A Cocktail Recipe for Success

If you need some cocktail creation inspiration or need to locate that perfect rose for a day in Dolores Park, Kelly is the guy you want to talk to at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits in Noe Valley. He’s a long-time team member that takes great pride in leading his customers to the perfect bottle, whether it’s a rare single malt scotch from the Lowlands or a sour beer for a Belgian beer tasting party. In this Q&A you’ll find out what makes Kelly tick and why he’s a Bitter Queen, not to mention, he’s sharing a cocktail recipe you’ll most certainly want to share with your closest friends and those you want to impress.

What inspired you to go into the business of bitters?
Bitter Queens was born in a bar after about three martinis and a slight stroke of genius. A friend and I started talking about making a batch of homemade bitters for fun, and when thinking of a hypothetical brand name, “Bitter Queens” was uttered, and naturally we died of laughter since we were a couple of gay dudes setting out on a quest to make bitters. Beyond that, I’m obsessed with exotic spices and botanicals, and love that I get to make a line of products with them!

For people who are unfamiliar with bitters, can you explain what exactly bitters are and how they are used?
Bitters is an aromatic flavoring agent made from a maceration of herbs, roots, and spices that are steeped in high proof alcohol. The maceration is left to rest for a while in order to extract as much flavor from the botanicals as possible. A kiss of sugar and some water may be added, but the process is pretty simple. Unlike Campari, Aperol, and other “potable” bitters that you might sip, cocktail bitters are a highly concentrated extract and thus a few dashes are typically used.

Why do you think cocktails benefit from the use of bitters?
When mixing drinks, bitters are akin to a chef’s spice rack. They complement the spirits of the cocktail and enliven the drink with added aroma, flavor, and complexity. They’re kind of like perfume for cocktails. Bitters can help transform a good drink into a great drink.

Where can someone find Bitter Queens?
We’ve just started to hit the market and can be found at PlumpJack Wine & Spirits, as well as some bars and restaurants around San Francisco like Oddjob, Jones, Blackbird, and Epic Roasthouse. We produce several different flavors including earthy eucalyptus, woodsy sarsaparilla, bright Chinese 5-spice, savory tobacco, and exotic Thai bitters.

Golden Gate Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

1.5 oz. Gin
.75 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Simple Syrup
4 dashes Bitter Queens Eucalyptus Bitters
Shake over ice
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with spanked rosemary sprig