4 Unique Strawberry Cocktails for Summer

By Virginia Miller  |  July 2, 2014
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Back in the spring we recommended bracing coffee cocktails, vibrantly-colored prickly pear drinks and beautiful coconut-laced cocktails. As July moves in, it's all about summer fruits and the reigning strawberry, shining bright with unexpected spirits in these four refreshing winners.

Alembic's Bait & Switch ($12)

Mezcal and strawberries pop up together every summer, but Alembic bar manager Ethan Terry's Bait & Switch (pictured top) goes a few steps further. Freshly puréed strawberry mingles with the spirit, made more intriguing with the melon-musk notes of locally distilled Chareau Aloe Liqueur, lemon, peppercorn syrup and green strawberry bitters. This smoky, sweet, tart drink is visually striking garnished with pink peppercorns atop a sliver of lime.


Burritt Room's Grand Chartreuse Sour [Photo Source: Virginia Miller]

Burritt Room's Grand Chartreuse Sour ($12)

Take a peek at Burritt Room bar manager Josh Trabulsi's current menu for a strawberry cocktail that goes down all too easy. Aromatic and herbal with gin and yellow Chartreuse, the drink is rounded out by fresh thyme or oregano and lemon, evoking a fresh summer garden.

Bull Valley Roadhouse's Supply & Demand ($11)

Cocktail lovers and food fanatics alike would do well to trek out to the magical slip of an East Bay town, Port Costa (check out our guide here), for drinks at Bull Valley Roadhouse. One of their summer stunners is a Herencia tequila-based Supply & Demand cocktail, lively and vinegary with a housemade strawberry shrub, Cocchi Barolo Chinato (a fortified wine) and lemon. It's best enjoyed in the Victorian, romantic bar or the idyllic back patio over dinner.


Bull Valley Roadhouse's Supply & Demand [Photo Source: Virginia Miller]

Chino's Ha So Strawberry ($11)

Thanks to Bar Manager Danny Louie, Chino's excitingly original cocktails ($11) with an Asian influence are never typical. In the Ha So Strawberry, he mixes Anchor Hop Vodka from local Anchor Distilling Co. and Zirbenz alpine liqueur, both of which impart pine-y, herbal, hop-heavy notes to tart strawberry and lemon. It's a stunner.


Chino's Ha So Strawberry [Photo Source: Virginia Miller]