At Bi-Rite we’re celebrating Pride Month by raising a glass to the legendary activist and lawmaker Harvey Milk. It’s dairy-free, but the combination of creamy Crème de Cacao, bright briny sherry, and bitter Gran Classico create a delicious antidote to summer heat. Caitlin Laman from Trick Dog is our featured master mixologist. On top of being an expert there, she is in the process of designing cocktail programs at several new Napa hot-spots. Her cocktails are well thought out, each flavor profile fitting into the others like pieces of a puzzle. Come see us at either Market to pick up everything you’ll need to mix up Caitlin’s tribute to Harvey Milk.
Linie Aquavit – $29.99
Aquavit is a traditional potato-based distilled liquor steeped with caraway seeds and other exotic spices. Linie is one of the best brands out there. They age their Aquavit in large, used Oloroso Sherry casks which travel around the world on the bottom of ships. Something about the heat and the gentle rocking motion of the open sea softens edges and perfectly integrates the heady spices with the rich nutty sherry tones. On top of being an integral ingredient in the Harvey Milk it is a delicious substitute for Vodka in a Bloody Mary or served slightly chilled as a digestif.
Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao – $36.99
Tempus Fugit Spirits is the result of two famed cocktail historians who aimed to recreate forgotten cocktail ingredients from golden era of cocktails Pre-Prohibition. Creating the Crème de Cacao from a hand-scrawled 19th century recipe was two-parts meticulous sourcing of ingredients and one-part tweaking the method to get the luscious texture just right, and the outcome is the most delicious example we’ve tasted. The base is intensely sweet pure cane sugar, with the added complexity of bitter cocoa notes and creamy vanilla bean. It’s delicious chilled on its own, or the perfect nightcap with your ice cream sundae!
Tempus Fugit Gran Classico – $36.99
Based on the original lost “Italian Bitter of Turin” recipe from the 1860s, Tempus Fugit Spirits painstakingly recreated the bitter liqueur based on 25 different herbs and roots including rhubarb, gentian, orange peel and hyssop – some say this was the original Campari. The result is a versatile mixer that is perfectly sippable on the rocks or substituted in any cocktail calling for Campari. Gran Classico is an important ingredient in any serious cocktail enthusiast’s collection!
Bodegas La Cigarrera Manzanilla Sherry – $12.99
Bodegas La Cigarrera has been around since 1758, making delicious, bright, briny fortified Sherry in the coastal idyll of Sanlucar de Barrameda. The wine is made from the local grape Palomino Fino grown in chalk-white soils called “albariza”. The resulting wine is lightly fortified and then aged under a natural veil of yeast called a “flor”. This allows the wine to mature while protecting it from the elements. Manzanilla describes this light-colored, light-bodied style of sherry; its brightness and refreshing splash is reminiscent of biting into a green apple. Manzanilla is best consumed 2-3 days after opening. Enjoy it with cured meats, aged cheese, marcona almonds, or seafood, especially crunchy fried smelt!
Upcoming Tastings at 18 Reasons:
18th Hour Cafe – Every Thursday, 6-10PM, Drop-In
18th Hour Cafe will host this month’s featured winemaker, Kenny Likitprakong of Hobo Wine Co., on Thursday, June 20th. Come by to meet Kenny and taste his wonderful wines!
Wine Appreciation: Palate Development School with Oliver McCrum – Mondays, June 17th and 24th, 6:30-9PM, Ticketed
Sour Beer Class with Master Cicerone Rich Higgins – Tuesday, June 25th, 7-9PM, Ticketed