Westfield Uncorked Wine Walk

Snake Oil Cocktail recently had the privilege of working with Westfield UTC on an “Uncorked” event showcasing unique Southern California food and beverage options.. The event featured four wine gardens that guests could explore as well as an offering of cuisine from Seasons 52, Eureka!, Tender Greens, PIRCH, and Bottega Italiana Gelato.  While guests sampled and shopped there was live acoustic performances featuring talented local artists.

100s of locals wined and dined while enjoying the recently renovated mall.  For an extra fee, guests could upgrade their tickets for the VIP treatment.  The VIP experience included one extra garden hosted by Riviera Magazine that featured hors d’oeuvres, exclusive fountain side seating, pop-up retail shopping, and some of Snake Oil’s finest cocktails.

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 Here is a peak at the two delicious concoctions Snake Oil served, which one would you like to sample?  

A Spanish Rhapsody

Snake Oil Cocktail has had the privilege of managing the concessions at the San Diego Symphony for a couple years now.  We love the beautiful concert hall and the opportunity to be a part of so many amazing events.  This weekend (May 15-17) the Copley Symphony Hall is hosting a spectacular concert series called A Spanish Rhapsody that Snake Oil could not be more excited for.  Emmanuel Chabrier,Édouard Lalo and Maurice Ravel will capture the culture, sounds and energy of Spain.  Each night of the series will be full of  unforgettable music combing the seductive rhythms and textures of Andalusia, Madrid and Barcelona.

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The centerpiece of this Jacobs Masterworks concert, led by Music Director Jahja Ling, is Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, a violin concerto in all but name that is shot through with gorgeous Spanish melodies and will be brilliantly executed by exciting young violinist Ray Chen. The concert concludes, appropriately, with excerpts from authentic Spanish composer Manuel de Falla‘s charming and humorous ballet The Three-Cornered Hat.

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To elevate the experience to the next level, Snake Oil crafted a specialty cocktail for guests to enjoy during intermission.  This concoction will feature  premium vodka, pressed pineapple, lemon, rosemary-black pepper infused agave, ginger, pasteurized egg white. So do not miss out on this spectacular opportunity to enjoy some of the finest music and cocktails that Southern California has to offer.  Tickets for each night can can be purchased here.

Here is a little preview of the amazing musical score!

828 Private Showcase

This Thursday, May 7, Snake Oil is elated to be featured at 828 Event’s Private Venue Showcase.  They will be displaying 828’s preferred vendors- Snake Oil being one of them!   828 is both a photography and event planning company with a beautiful venue in Liberty Station.  Whether you are looking for your wedding reception or your next company banquet, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to see and sample the latest trends in event planning and catering.

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Snake Oil will be serving up a variety of our finest cocktails alongside and delicious offering of appetizers to guests.  If you would like to learn more about our company and what services we can do for you be sure to RSVP here.

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Snake Oil Cocktail Company’s Bloody Mary Bar

 

ChefDance for BritWeek L.A.

Every year BritWeek L.A. is hosted to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Great Britain and the US can work together to further build a relationship.  The week aims to promote innovation and further advance business, the arts, and philanthropy.   BritWeek consists of events that promote British creativity, innovation and excellence in California. Events are hosted throughout the week and take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.  Thousands of people attend, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders.

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This past Sunday (April 26) Snake Oil was thrilled to offer our services to a British Roast hosted by ChefDance.  Top industry leaders and the hottest media personalities came together at the infamous Entourage House to celebrate the year’s creative successes.  Food Network’s Chef Lovely Jackson created an amazing multi-course meal which was perfectly paired with a fine selection of Snake Oil’s premium beverages.

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 An extra special thanks to the event’s sponsors D’ussé Cognac, Armand de Brignac, Snow Leopard Vodka and Comador Cigar who also contributed to an amazing experience.  It was truly an unforgettable night and we are already counting down the days until the next one.

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 Cheers to a wonderful BritWeek and to many more!

A Week in the Life of Snake Oil Cocktail

This week at Snake Oil we found ourselves all over the San Diego area offering our premium beverage services to a wide range of clients.  From bridal photo shoots to classic movie showings we thoroughly enjoyed every busy, rewarding moment.  Here is a peek at some of our favorite highlights.

Tom Ford Fragrance Event: 

To celebrate Tom Ford’s fragrance collection, Snake Oil provided a customized selection of our specialty cocktails at Neiman Marcus Fashion Valley.  We complimented each fragrance with a cocktail that matched its notes for the compliment sensory experience.  Here is our bartender Wade Schneider hard at work!

Bridal Shower Photo Shoot:

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Snake Oil had the privilege of shooting with the talented Luna Photo for a beautiful bridal shoot.  It was such a treat to work with so many awesome people in such a tranquil setting.  A huge thank you to everyone else involved in it as well – Isari Floral Design, Catherine Bachelier Smith, The Lovely Flor Franco, Adore Folklore, and Jamie Ehrsam.

Classic Party Rentals Open House:

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The Classic Party Rentals of San Diego invited us to an amazing open house.  The event featured trending florists, top caterers, new party rental options, and some of our favorite mixology concoctions.  Our team had a blast getting to meet and greet with all of the participants as well as partaking in some of the fun ourselves.

San Diego Symphony Godfather Showing:

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One of the most anticipated events this spring was the Godfather Live.  Nino Rota’s iconic score was performed by the San Diego Symphony while the film was simultaneously shown in High Definition on the big screen. Guests dressed in their sharpest mafia attire and sipped on some Snake Oil cocktails at the pre-party event.

Interested in our craft beverages and catering services for your next event?  You can contact us for a quote here!

Spring 2015 Interns

Snake Oil Cocktail Company highly values the opportunity for up-and-coming college students to gain experience and learn first hand about business.  Whether they are interested in sales, marketing, or design we take a select few interns every season to join our team while gaining college credit.  We are pleased to introduce you to our Spring 2015 Intern Team.

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My name is Oscar and I am a 4th year at UC San Diego studying Communication and Theatre.  I am originally from a small town in central California but I’ve always had big dreams so now I reside and study in San Diego.  After graduation I hope to use the skills I have been acquiring at UCSD and Snake Oil to someday rock the entertainment industry by being an event coordinator for television networks.  If I had it my way however, I would be the star of a reality T.V. show because people need to see my wild life.  My hobbies include traveling, playing music, participating in sports, watching Netflix, beer, and of course eating.  I’m passionate about helping my community and I hope to change the world someday.  Until then, you can find me on the beach working on my tan.

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My name is Evelyn and I am a third year Political Science major with Business Minor at the University of California, San Diego.  I am originally from the mountains of Colorado but I traded those in for the beautiful beaches of California.  Snake Oil has given me the amazing opportunity to pursue my interest in marketing and I love coming to work everyday to learn and contribute to the awesome team here.  I look forward to taking the skills I gain from Snake Oil and applying them to my future career pursuits.  When I am not at Snake Oil, class, or my other 2 jobs I fill my time with outdoor activities (I love to hike!), baking, traveling, or exploring some of the awesome things to do here in San Diego.  I also am a HUGE country music fanatic and you can typically find me at a concert or line dancing the night away at one of San Diego’s country bars.

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My name is Ian and I am a born Canadian but a very proud American. I am currently studying Public Policy at UCSD and hope to become a mayor someday. On the side, I love to sail, read, run marathons, reflect on life with music, watch movies and work on little projects now and then. Most importantly, I love food and I’m convinced that I have a large appetite for anything edible. Now, why Snake Oil?  Fake Answer: It’s just an excuse for me to get into the drinking business without feeling guilty at the time. I’m 21 now. (Real Answer) Jokes aside, I believe that Snake Oil, in many ways, lays out a blank and critical platform for me to be creative and appreciative about the food and drink culture. If anything else, Snake Oil’s passion for ideas and quality is what drives me to think critically the aspects that constitute a healthy and thriving business. The Snake Oil Cocktail Company encompasses all these traits. Enjoy life and drink well! As the saying goes, ‘what cures you ails you’!

 

Join the Family

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This Friday (April 24) Snake Oil Cocktail is thrilled for the San Diego Symphony’s rendition of The Godfather.  The Godfather remains one of the greatest films in the history of cinema.  Having one 3 Academy Awards and countless other accolades it remains an icon that is still enjoyed 40 years later.  Nino Rota‘s iconic score (accompanied by the film’s traditional Italian folk music and jazz) will be performed live by the San Diego Symphony while the film is simultaneously shown in High Definition on the big screen.

For the ultimate experience, join Symphony, Convivio Society, Bice San Diego, Black Tie Casino Events,Sacha Boutros and Snake Oil Cocktail Company in an evening of elegance and music.  Starting at 5:30pm there will be a pre-film costume party where guests are encouraged to dress in their sharpest mafia-themed attire and enjoy premium appetizers and cocktails.  The film will begin at 7:30 and VIP tickets are available for those who want an even more heightened experience.

Be sure to reserve your tickets today to ensure that you don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.  It promises to be an exciting and unique concert experience for music lovers and film-goers alike!

 

 

Intercontinental Mixology

So, what does a speak-easy look like in Colombia, a country that didn’t participate in our domestic prohibition of the 1920s?  I’d say it looks like a neon-lit Tron themed bar atop a curiously located chicken restaurant.  There is restricted access via a secret door and even then, there is secondary security at the top of a dark staircase.  But stop and grab some wings on your way up, they are some of the best I have ever tried!

The expedition began in early 2013 when we met Andrés Felipe Burritica at our activation in the Lincoln Suite at the TED conference.  We were invited to explore cocktails in an archaeological sense south of the equator.  For instance, journey to a country where everything is foreign to our senses and ideologies.  We packed our bags and bought a ticket to Bogotá.

We were well met and treated with a respect possibly undue us, but we endeavored to own it.  The very first day we went to the local farmer’s market and were intrigued by the surplus of alien fruits and vegetables.  There was a veritable potpourri of colors ad textures awaiting our taste buds and imaginations.  We were given the gift of choosing whatever our whim favored and ended up with vibrant baskets of multi-shaped and hued produce.

We then got to our test bar and started the experiments.  Oh, the flavors!  We were using fruits from the local rain forests, and trying out beverages of local custom looking for new ways to share an idea.  Melecotón was one of my favorites, being long, sumptuous and purpleish.  A sweet and musty orange-yellow fruit riddled with a mosaic of black seeds awaited my pleasure.  This made a great cocktail with whiskey, hickory smoke, panela and mandarin orange.  Then there was the mangosteen paired with blended scotch, corozo and chamomile.  Fantastico!  The trick was to embrace local Colombian culture and create something delicious and alluring both visually and descriptively.  The resulting menu was a festival of the senses and bespoke of the cross cultured recipes we had embarked to create.

We left hesitating, as a parent might with a newly born child, empowered with a smile on our face and trust that the bartenders trained would carry out our legacy with pride and precision.

Garden To Glass

Culinary Mixology offers a wide world of experiences.  I have always enjoyed the idea of farm to table food and it seems that taking this to the bar is the next level.  Working with the Wellington Steak House in Mission Hills afforded us an opportunity to try this concept.

In the hills of La Mesa, Trish Watlington takes us on a tour of her ½ acre garden.  There are fuits, vegetables, herbs and lettuces growing along the hillside.  The fun comes in harvesting your own herbs or fruits and smashing them in a glass.  Then, picking which spirit supports the new flavor combination.  It is sort of a backwards approach to creating cocktail recipes.  I find excitement in starting with the vegetable, fruit or herb I want to highlight, instead of starting with a boutique spirit, foresay.

Another example of this would be working with Art Produce for the up and coming North Park Festival of the Arts.  Lynn Susholtz boasts an impressive harvest from her backstage garden.  There are planter boxes filled with greens, purples, yellows and shades of white.  All resulting in star produce that will make it’s way into Snake Oil concoctions that afternoon.  I am hoping for springtime edible flowers and strawberries, maybe some fresh fennel fronds and spring peas!  Heck while we’re at it let’s pure some rhubarb and grab a bottle of rye.  The idea of standing there in the garden with a shaker in hand is almost too overwhelming in it’s proximity.

Come out and drink the garden.  May 17th, Art Produce in North Park

Supplements and Cocktails

“Feel good about feelin’ good”

Recently, we catered an event for Applied Food Sciences out of Austin, TX,  and created cocktails based on their unique supplements.  It was challenging and fun.  The supplements, themselves, can be quite bitter and earthy and almost unpalatable on their own.  Rather than turn away, I found it to be an opportunity to showcase our cocktail prowess.

I think that this is going to be an up and coming trend in the mixology world.  The idea of medicinal cocktails is nothing new, but there are different ways to express this.  For example, I worked with black tea extract.  This is highly tannic and robust, so I had to find a way to mellow it out.  It would be remiss to not mention the benefits from the extract.  Intense polyphenols and antioxidants top the list.  Looking for a way to diffuse and compliment the natural flavors, I added vodka, kale juice, celery juice, cumin, sassafras, lime and honey.  This turned out to be the most impressive potion at the event, winning over connoisseurs and health nuts alike.

The occasion was a blast.  I then got to use green coffee bean extract and a supplement that turned out to be for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and hyper-proliferative cell disorders.  I immediately turned to citruses for their alkaline properties and garden fresh herbs for their unique flavor profiles.  Talk about packing a punch!  It seems that many spirits were conceived to cure random ailments and through the process of combining these supplements with a casual or impressive cocktail option only elevates the health benefit platform of the daily dose.

I have yet to see someone other than ourselves focusing on the pharmaceutical direction of cocktails.  I am looking forward to the rest of the cocktail world turning it’s focus away from the past and towards the future.