Grand Opening of Moniker Commons

We headed over to Liberty Station last night to be a part of the Moniker Commons Grand Opening Party, serving up specialty cocktails for their VIPs. The workspace they’ve created for entrepreneurs is brilliant with inspiring murals, great light, multiple conference rooms, shared spaces, desks, a kitchen and even a ping pong table.

“Starting a business on your own or with a small team of players is no easy feat. Join a community of risk takers and visionaries as we jointly step out into creating the worlds we imagine.” – Moniker Group

Take a Swing… or a Swig at the Farmer’s Insurance Open PGA Golf Tournament

From January 25 through the 29th, Snake Oil Cocktail joined hundreds to witness 22 year-old Jon Rahm win his first career tour at the Farmer’s Insurance Open PGA Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla. The victory was sweet, just like the drinks served up throughout the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Grey Goose Lounge and Michelob Ultra Bar were just a couple of many places people could escape the sun, sit back with an icy drink, and watch the serene magic that is golf.

The week was crisp and bright, packed with golf fans attentively watching the action along the plush greens in January. The bars were packed on Saturday and Sunday as guests followed each swing and putt, and the tournament advanced to the finale.

The most popular drink of the weekend was the Grey Goose 19th Hole. 

Cocktail Recipe: Grey Goose 19th Hole 

1 1/2 Parts Grey Goose Vodka
2 Parts Orange Juice
1 Part Pineapple Juice
1 Part Lemon-Lime Soda

Build in a glass with fresh ice with Grey Goose vodka, orange and pineapple juices.
Top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Tiger Woods, Cheng Tsung Pan, Phil Mickelson, and Sebastian Munoz were some of the golf stars in attendance, stopping to thank and shake hands of fans, autographing hats and bags after each round.

Thank you to Behind the Scenes Catering for putting this amazing event together and we hope to see you next time at the PGA tour!

Chic Tiki Cocktail Party

Why do tacky tiki when you can have CHIC-y tiki?!  What’s not to love with this sleek and natural wood color palette with pops of indigo and plenty lush greenery!

Jump on the Pineapple Express and escape!

             

Photographer: Aubree Lynn Photography | Venue: Brick & Laurel Warehouse | Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune Events | Plants & Floral Installations: Catalina Neal Floral + Design | Makeup:Lacey Haegen | Hand Lettering, Paper Elements, Signage: Twinkle & Toast | Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail Co. | Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co. | Dessert: Hey There, Cupcake! | Furniture Rentals: Powwow Design Studio | Backdrop: Back Up Backdrops | Glassware & Linens: Hostess Haven | Photo Booth: Flickwell | Laser Cut Details: Nic Roc Designs | DJ: DJ Luis the Beast | Jewelry: Love Tatum | Nail Art: Hello Birdie Nail & Lash Lab | Clothing: Paris & Me Boutique

Snake Oil Scoop: National Geographic Genius Bar at TCA Fox All-Star Party

On Wednesday,  January 11th, the Snake Oil team headed up to the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association press tour with Fox and National Geographic. Snake Oil served up four delicious specialty cocktails in the National Geographic Genius Bar, a 1930’s inspired cocktail bar with an Albert Einstein theme.

Our mixologists whipped up some “genius” cocktails, including the custom designed E=mc2, a vodka (or bourbon!) cocktail made with smashed pineapple, pressed lemon, holiday spiced brown sugar, egg white and aromatic bitters.

Another favorite was the Gravitational Pull, which is a delicious combination of vodka, smashed blueberry, pressed lemon, and infused lavender soda. We garnished the cocktail with thinly sliced, lemon infused jicama stars.

Due to the rain and recently chilly nights, we wanted to serve up some warm cocktails to keep guests cozy and feeling good. The It’s All Relative was a winter spiced mulled wine served with a splash of bourbon, citrus wheel and cinnamon stick. And the Accelerate was the creamiest, most delicious hot chocolate ever created. We served it with a hazelnut liquor and toasted the moon-shaped marshmallows in front of guests for a final touch. The smell was incredible and the cocktail was divine!

Aside from the delicious cocktails, the atmosphere of the party was fantastic. Celebs and guests alike enjoyed the photobooth, Nat Geo Genius swag, and a 3-foot tall cow cake, cut by the one and only Nat Geo Veterinarian, Dr. Pol, who was celebrating his 100th Anniversary.

Celebs in attendance included Queen Latifah, Emily Deschanel, Katie Aselton, Brandy, Jordana Brewster, Naomi Campbell, Sanaa Lathan, Aubrey Plaza, Serayah, Benjamin Bratt and Susan Sarandon, among many others.

 

Watch the link above for a sneak peek at Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush and newcomer Johnny Flynn as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein, in National Geographic’s global event series GENIUS, coming in April.

Top 5 Reasons San Diego Restaurant Week Needs to be on your 2017 Bucket List

San Diego Restaurant Week is back to kick off your New Year with food, fun, and memories January 15th through January 22nd. This foodie-favorited event is celebrating its 13th year of bringing people together to dine out, reconnect, and indulge! With over 180 participating restaurants to choose from across every neighborhood in San Diego County, diners can be assured that appetites will be appeased and cravings will be satisfied with prix-fixe two course lunches and three course dinners.

Snake Oil Cocktail Company will be hosting a pre-SDRW event in conjunction with Girl Scout’s 100 Year Anniversary! We love getting out into the community, giving back, and sampling some of the best cuisine our city has to offer.

Here’s the Top 5 Reasons (& A Cookie) SDRW Needs to be on your 2017 Bucket List:

  • Variety is the spice of life! Over 180 restaurants will be dishing out scrumptious three course dinners and two course lunches for ONE WEEK ONLY! From Thai cuisine to Indian, American, Italian, French, and beyond, the sheer scope of offerings from our participating restaurants offers up the opportunity to enjoy a variety of foods that fit within any budget.
  • Make time to reconnect! The only thing that makes a delicious meal better is sharing it with the special people in your life. San Diego Restaurant Week is the perfect time to catch up with your family, friends, and loved ones after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. And after all, the more people at your table, the more plates you can sneak nibbles off of!
  • Shake up your routine! Take a break from your usual shopping, prepping, and cooking – say goodbye to washing dishes for the night!  Take a break from your usual dining routine and enjoy the comfort of exceptional service and well prepared food at your fingertips.
  • You can’t miss the foodie event of the YEAR! True foodies know that SDRW is the time to dine! Prix-fixe two course lunches and three course dinners featuring the most delectable menu options make SDRW a foodie’s paradise. There’s no better time to kick off a year of delicious dining than at San Diego Restaurant Week!
  • Try everything once! Although it may not be possible to try all 180 restaurants, SDRW invites you to try something new, at least once during San Diego Restaurant Week! From exotic cuisines to ingredients you have yet to discover, take a walk on the wild side and let our chefs expand your culinary palate with their creative offerings.
  • & A Cookie! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of delectable, scrumptious, delicious Girl Scout Cookies and the arrival of Girl Scouting in San Diego, chefs are creating new menu items featuring the beloved treat!

Now is your time to dine with over 150,000 fellow diners to celebrate San Diego’s thriving culinary scene. Dinner will be served as a three-course, prix-fixe menu for just $20, $30, $40 or $50 per person and lunch will be served as a two-course prix-fixe menu for only $10, $15 or $20 per person. Tickets are not necessary for this delectable week of discounted dining, but reservations are recommended! Visit SanDiegoRestaurantWeek.com for more information, including a list of participating restaurants, or to make your reservations in advance!

‘Tis the Season for Cocktails

As we approach the holidays, we’re sharing some of our seasonal signature Snake Oil cocktails, a few classics, and even a wild card, ’cause why not? Check it out…

This milky punch is a holiday favorite, and we spiced ours with vanilla bean paste, fresh grated nutmeg and clove and served it with a side of brandy. For those of you who opt for a plant-based milk, there’s a variety of nogs out there, but Califia Farms is our fav. It’s half the calories, which means, we’ll have two, thanks!

And if you didn’t know before, now ya do… Christmas Eve is National Egg Nog Day.

Who doesn’t love cozying up with a warm bev during the holidays?! With fresh pressed apples, red wine, winter spices and hints of citrus and cranberry, our Snake Oil Mulled Wine is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

A holiday punch is an always the talk of the party and a fun way to serve pre-batched cocktails. Our Snake Oil Cocktail Co. Holiday Punch is made with vodka (also good with rum!) steeped hibiscus flower, fresh ginger root, allspice, vanilla bean, ground nutmeg and lime.  Extra props if you serve it out of your mom’s punch bowl she managed to save for all these years. We have a plethora of punch bowls we can bring to your next event, too!

Perfect for those cold nights, a hot toddy will warm you up in no time. We love making our toddies with Jameson Irish Whiskey, local honey, fresh pressed ginger and lemon, and hints of cinnamon and clove and eating it with a chunk of raisin challah from Milton’s Bakery in Del Mar. Hot toddies are said to relieve symptoms of a cold, too!

Yup, we did it. We took this trending cocktail concept into the Snake Oil kitchen for a little R&D. We made our own hot chocolate with locally crafted Eclipse Chocolate and organic milk, added cabernet sauvignon and topped it with whipped cream and toasted marshmallows. This warm bev might not make the Snake Oil menu, but it’s a fun one to try at home with friends.

One of our favorite cocktails to make for holiday parties is the Orchard. The fresh pressed apples really make this drink tasty, combined with pressed lime, fresh ginger root, local honey and hints of hazelnut. We love it with rum, vodka or bourbon!

We are no ordinary cocktail company, so why have an ordinary mule on the menu? While we can easily whip one up, we love the Orange Falernum Mule, made with bourbon, clove, cinnamon bark, vanilla bean, star anise, almonds, pressed orange, and ginger beer.

No matter the occasion, Snake Oil Cocktail Company can help you with your event, dinner or next gathering.

Give us a shout: events@snakeoilcocktail.com to learn more.

Happy Holidays and Happy Sipping from all of us at Snake Oil Cocktail Company!

The Snake Oil Scoop: Becca Tilley’s Blog Launch

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On Monday, the Snake Oil team packed up the viper van and headed to Agoura Hills for TV personality Becca Tilley’s Blog & YouTube Launch Party. The soiree was hosted at none other than the Bachelor Mansion, where Becca first began her television career on the reality TV dating show, The Bachelor.

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As the sun set the hills of Malibu, the Bachelor Mansion twinkled in the night with string lights and candles illuminating the pool and patio area. As the night went on, many of the “Bach-Nation” stars came out to congratulate Becca on her success, including fan-favorite and The Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher and fíance Jordan Rodger. Other Bachelor contestants and friends joined the party, including Luke Pell, Robert Graham and Chris Soules.

CELEBRITY PROM DRESSES

On trend with Becca’s lifestyle and travel blog, Snake Oil Cocktail Co. served up two delicious house-made, custom craft cocktails: The London Calling is made with coconut milk, applewood infusion, fresh pressed ginger, pressed lemons, club soda and served with vodka or gin. Pleasure of Provence is another Snake Oil provision made with a herbes de Provence reduction, fresh pressed lemons and oranges, freshly muddled cranberries, served with vodka or gin. Becca loved the London Calling!

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Snake Oil Cocktail Company also served bubbles and rosé, courtesy of Angels & Cowboys.

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Guests sipped cocktails, mingled, and danced the night away in celebration of Becca’s Blog Launch. Congrats Becca!

Be sure to follow Snake Oil Cocktail Company on Instagram for behind the scenes stories of all of the latest events.

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Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Valentine’s Day is widely recognized as a day of love and devotion…it’s either loved or loathed by singles and couples alike. While February 14th once meant getting free chocolate from your 2nd grade classmates, things change a bit for the 18 and over crowd who become consumed by the complexities of ‘what to buy’, ‘what to wear’ and ‘what to do’ with your loved one. We at Snake Oil got you covered with all sorts of ideas that you can try this year for Valentine’s day.

1. Stay in

Forget your diets for the night and find a recipe that you and your loved one can both agree on and tag-team dinner. Don’t forget the cocktail!

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2 oz Rye whiskey

0.5 oz Amaro

1 oz Fresh pressed lemon

1 oz Simple syrup

1 ea Egg white, freshly cracked and separated

1 oz Fresh pressed black cherry juice

3 dash Barrel aged bitters

Directions:

Add cherries, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker tin. Muddle until fruit is heavily pulverized. Double strain into a new shaker tin. Add egg, rye, and Amaro and dry shake hard for 10 seconds. Add ice and shake again until thoroughly chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Allow head to form and drizzle bitters over cocktail. Garnish with a cherry slice.

2. Spreading Love

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Hand out flowers or thoughtful notes to friends/co-workers or people in your life that you may never get the chance to show your love for.

Galentine edition: Created by Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a celebrated on February 13th with your gal pals. Pick up some fresh flowers for your galentines at your local florist. We like Isari Florist Studio.

 

3. Staycation

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It’s easy to forget just how beautiful San Diego is when you’re driving the I-5 everyday during traffic hours. Sometimes it’s better to forgo the road rage and just take the coast –even if takes a little longer, it’s a nice reminder of how lucky you are to call San Diego home. Same goes for a staycation. Why leave Sunny San Diego, when you can just enjoy a nice meal out with your loved one?

This V-Day we recommend trying a new restaurant in San Diego:

For a fancy dinner, try Tidal, check out their menu here

For a more casual Sunday brunch, try the Broken Yolk in Del Mar.

4. Spontaneous Adventure

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La Justina photo courtesy of SanDiegoRed

Sometimes planning takes all the fun out of adventure. If you’re looking to be spontaneous with your loved one, try picnicking at Balboa or Coronado

OR

Day trip to Tijuana!

We recommend walking along Avenida Revolucíon and trying one of these great restuarants: Tobu, Mamut, Oryx Capital, and La Justina.

The Art of Moderation: Mixology Edition

January is almost over…

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably already broken your New Year resolutions. Why is it that we can’t seem to follow through with our New Year’s promises?

One explanation for this phenomenon is the fact that often times the goals we set for ourselves are far-fetched and unrealistic, especially when it comes to dieting and working out. Here’s some food for thought: try a new perspective. Instead of depriving yourself from the simple pleasures in life, i.e. cocktails and chocolate, why not just enjoy the two in more moderate quantities?

 

 Try a Mocktail

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 Don’t Let Your Alcohol Detox Rain On Your Parade! There are plenty of great ways to still enjoy a pseudo-mixed drink, a.k.a. a mocktail.

We recommend trying variations of popular drinks like a moscow mule, by subbing out the hard alcohol.

If you’re into detox waters and/or feeling like you’re at a Spa, try our Spa Day Lemonade.

This mocktail features cucumber, fresh mint, honey-lemonade & sparkling water

*Expert tip: visit a local vendor to get better quality and fresher produce. We use  Specialty Produce, here in San Diego.

 

 

Try a Cocktail That Features A Winter Flavor Palette

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For those of you who aren’t looking to cut alcohol completely out of your life, try to focus on quality over quantity. Moderation is all about making small changes and learning how to sustain them over a period of  time.

At Snake Oil, we believe that one really good craft cocktail is and will always be better than some sad rum and coke that you used to drink circa freshman year of college. This year, instead of cutting what you love  out of your life, try  switching it up a bit, without compromising quality and taste.

We recommend our drink, which features pressed pomegranate, bourbon, lemon, fresh ginger & vanilla infused honey.

*Expert tip: use high-quality, locally-sourced honey to give your mocktail a more complex flavor. Check here for a list of local, San Diego honey.

Reward Yourself

Set up a cocktail piggy bank –Put a dollar in every time you work out or stay in on a Friday night. A dollar here, and a dollar there will add up to a nice cocktail out…cheers to that!

 

Signature Wedding Cocktails

Love your partner? Getting married? Signature cocktails at weddings and special events are trending this year and we have some ideas for you. We make our cocktails (which can also be made as mocktails) by drawing inspiration from the farm.

Here are some options for every kind of alcohol lover:

For the vodka buff…

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If tequila is your fancy…

Orange Crush cocktail

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For champagne lovers…

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Like darker liquor? Try this bourbon libation…

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If you want someone to make these drinks for you, contact us for a quote to make and serve personalized cocktails at your wedding! We look forward to having you come in for tastings once you book with us.