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

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

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!

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.

Celebrate Spring

With the summer just around the corner and beautiful Southern California weather event season is upon us.   While good food and good decorations are both a must, do not forget to compliment the celebration with the perfect beverage menu.  Whether your are craving a classic champagne toast or a fresh and fun offering of this season’s finest cocktails let Snake Oil provide our outstanding service to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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No matter the occasion, any celebration is the perfect excuse for champagne.  At Snake Oil, we guarantee the perfect champagne toast.  We can cater a selection of premium champagne or customize it to your preferences.  Craving a fun twist on classic champagne? Or, what about sparkling champagne cocktail to add to your menu?  Whether you are looking for a traditional champagne toast or want to pair farm-fresh ingredients with your favorite bottle, let us create the perfect toasting moment for you.

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The art of mixology is our passion here at Snake Oil and an offering of our craft cocktails will be the pièce de résistance at any party.  Our drink philosophy is not founded in the back-bar, but rather the farm for innovation and inspiration.  The result is vibrant and delicious concoctions that will delight any party.   We can also create equally delectable nonalcoholic mocktails to accommodate the preferences of all guests.

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At Snake Oil, we love adding customizable touches  to all of our beverages that will truly elevate your next event. Our customer’s happiness is our greatest priority here and we want to create the experience that makes every guest feel like the king/queen they are.  We believe the right beverage can transform any event something magical and unforgettable.

Let us know how we can serve you by filling our inquiry form.

Avocado Madness

A couple weekends ago Snake Oil had the honor of serving some of our hand-crafted cocktails at Avocado Madness hosted by Chef’s Roll.  The event was a March Madness style competition leading up to the Final Four.  It started with an all-star line-up of 64 chefs who had to develop an avocado-inspired recipe through a possible 6 rounds of competition.  Each week, half of the chefs were eliminated until there was four left.  From those finalists, two finalist – Chef Dorian Southall and Chef Ricardo Heredia – were selected.

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The final face-off took place in San Diego California.  Culinary mastermind Andrew Spargin hosted the event with the assistance of Kitchen 4140 and Chef Kurt Metzger.  It was the ultimate challenge as each finalist had to create an entire avocado-inspired menu with the chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes.  Hungry connoisseurs from all over Southern California came to test the immaculate creations.

chefsrollWhat pairs better with an avocado-inspired menu than avocado cocktails?  Snake Oil served up a delicious concoction of Han Soju Vodka, pressed lemon, and pink peppercorn infused honey, sorrel, and – of course – smashed avocado for guests to enjoy as they awaited their food.

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While guests enjoyed our cocktails the chefs relentlessly worked in the kitchen to deliver innovate dishes utilizing fresh Avocados from Mexico.  The judge’s panel included Katherine Humphus of Kats Kitchen Collective, Tommy Gomes Of Catalina Offshore Products, Troy Johnson(Food Critic) & Javier Plascencia of the much-anticipated Bracero Cocina.  They ultimately selected Chef Ricardo Heredia as the champion.  However with such amazing food, spectacular cocktails, and good company it is safe to say that everyone was a winner that day.

 

 

Spring Beverage Trends

Spring is officially here and so are the vibrant colors and flavors that come with it.  Our mixologists are constantly working on creating exciting new combinations for clients. For us, cocktails are a complete sensory experience which is why we are committed to creating a truly exceptional beverage experience.  Here are some of the latest trends you can find Snake Oil serving up!

Fruit Infusions.  With spring comes an abundance of fresh fruits that are the perfect addition to our cocktails.  Snake Oil uses nothing but the freshest ingredients to ensure that our cocktails are the perfectly balanced and not too sweet.  Rather than rely on processed syrups to achieve fruity beverages like other caterers, our mixologists want to honor Mother Nature and reflect the true flavors.

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Vibrant color. When using fresh vegetables and fruits, Snake Oil guarantees that our cocktails will not only taste amazing but be visually pleasing as well.  Our use of striking color will be sure to impress any clients or guests.  They will surely stand out at spring weddings and corporate events.

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Salty Sips.  Utilizing unique artisan salt blends both around the rim and as a savory addition to drinks is a popular trend that will continue to bloom into Spring.  Research suggests that salt has the ability to optimize certain notes in a drink by subduing bitterness and heightening sweet and sour flavors.  It is for this reason Snake Oil mixologists have loved adding it to give our signature cocktails an added touch.

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