7 Must Try Oakland Inspired Cocktails Crafted By Local Bartenders
Oakland's thriving arts scene is reflective of the diversity and creativity that lives within the city and community. From fiery industrial art makers to bone breaking turf dancers, Oakland's artistry can also be found inside bars!
Bartenders in Oakland were challenged to craft cocktails inspired by the city for Oakland Cocktail Week September 15-23, 2018, in celebration of the city’s unique cocktail heritage as well as local spirits small businesses and employees. Each cocktail is offered for $10 throughout the week. Here are some of their creations you can order during Oakland Cocktail Week!
Trader Vic's Mai Tai 1944
Ingredients: Royal Amber Rum, Lime Juice, Rock Candy Syrup, Orgeat Syrup, Orange Curacao
Trader Vics Emeryville
9 Anchor Drive, Emeryville, CA
Oakland is home of the Mai Tai, invented by Victor Bergeron in 1944 at the original Trader Vic's of Oakland. Though they've since moved to our sister town, Emeryville, we can't not pay our respects to the OG of Tiki and the Mai Tai. Check out their Original Mai Tai 1944 offered at $10 during Oakland Cocktail Week!
1. Rooted in Oakland
Ingredients: Legendario Domingo mezcal, kiwi syrup, orange, ancho reyes verde liqueur, Corazon bitters, kiwi orange boba
AlaMar Kitchen & Bar
100 Grand Avenue Suite 111
This Cocktail was inspired by the people of Oakland. It reflects how sweet the people are here but how things will heat up quickly if cross the line with an Oakland native. The smokey profile of the mezcal reflects how "I got 5 on it" is not just a song but a lifestyle here in Oakland if you know what I mean. The colors of this cocktail is a nod to our Oakland Athletics. This Cocktail was inspired by the people of Oakland. It reflects how sweet the people are here but how things will heat up quickly if cross the line.
2. Mexicali Rose
Ingredients: Tequila Blanco, Homemade Cinnamon and Hibiscus Flower Essence, Oakland Classic
907 Washington St. Oakland, CA 94607
The Mexicali Rose is inspired by the historic Mexicali Rose restaurant in Old Oakland—Chicano cooking
at its best.
3. Town Biz Mai Tai
Ingredients: Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Remy Martin VSOP, Destillar Orange Curacao, Small Hand Foods Orgeat, Lime
736 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607
Mai Tai's were invented in Oakland so this is a modern take on it.
4. Goapele's Milk & Honey
Ingredients: Jack Daniels Rye, rooibos tea, milk, honey, lemon, mint
2216 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland's own Goapele has spent the last decade and a half, singing about sensuality, political and socio-economic change. This cocktail is for her!
Ingredients: Lime Juice, Pear Puree, Smith's Cross rum, Atlantico Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum
4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
The movie Blindspotting shot right here in Oakland was the inspiration for this drink. Because just like the movie there's a ton of subtle intricacies going on with this drink. Yet, you'll only be able to focus on just one at a time.
Ingredients: Ford's gin, Bonal, Lime, Pineapple gomme, St George absinthe, Angostura
Starline Social Club
2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612
An ode to the history of Starline's building it was an Odd Fellows Hall y'all when it was first built in 1843.
7. Lakeside Sunset
Ingredients: Casa Noble Crystal Tequila, Housemade Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice, Lime Soda
1520 Lakeside Dr. Oakland, Ca 94612
Our cocktail was inspired by the beautiful pink skies painted behind the Lake Chalet and Oakland's beautiful skyline.
Oakland Cocktail Week
Oakland will host the first ever Oakland Cocktail Week September 15-23, 2018 in celebration of the city’s unique cocktail heritage as well as local spirits small businesses and employees. Over 40 participating bars and restaurants from Oakland, Alameda and Emeryville have crafted cocktails to tell the stories of Oakland, offering them to cocktail enthusiasts at $10 throughout the week. Their cocktail creations are now ready to explore on www.oaklandcocktailweek.com/cocktails. See a curated list of cocktails attached. Ticketed events (announced after August 20) will pay tribute to Oakland institutions old and new while fundraising and spotlighting issues championed by the local chapter of the national non-profit Restaurants Opportunity Center (ROC the Bay).
For the full list of participating venues and their cocktails check out https://www.oaklandcocktailweek.com/Venues
Featured Img: Starline Social Club