In celebration of Sacramento Cocktail Week (August 14-19), we asked some of our team members to name their favorite cocktail from their bar or restaurant.
All cocktail recipes on our menus are created by our beverage director, Brad Peters. While our menus include many classic cocktails such as a margarita or a Manhattan, Brad combines his knowledge of the history of spirits and classic cocktails with modern twists. Brad is an expert at taking a basic cocktail formula (base liquor, sour, and sweet) and elevating it with special ingredients like house-made infusions that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else!
Let's start with one of Brad's favorite cocktails, Cuffs and Buttons, from Paragary's restaurant. Brad enjoys this cocktail, not just because it tastes great, but because of the history of the concoction.
Who doesn't love a good margarita? Kevin Escalante, bartender at Monkey Bar, is definitely a fan of the house-infused Margaritas because they go great with the new street tacos on the bar menu. Stop by on Tuesdays after 3pm for $2 tacos paired with Kevin's favorite margarita!
Twenty years ago, a second Cafe Bernardo location was opened in Davis, California. Being home to the UC Davis Aggies, the college town was the perfect place to introduce the famous Wiki Wacky Woo (the drink we made famous!). This potent drink is a mix of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, pineapple juice, OJ, cranberry juice and a Bacardi 151 float in the straw. Let's just say things can get pretty wacky if you have more than two!
After spending about 40 years helping to create the thriving restaurant and bar scene in Sacramento, Randy Paragary, owner of Paragary Restaurant Group, knows a thing or two about cocktails- and he is a Manhattan man. His favorite Manhattan can be found at Esquire Grill. Randy also enjoys indulging in the Negroni from Hock Farm.
Posted on 08/03/2016 at 10:00:00 AM