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At Local Social, we are big on designing a signature cocktail for every party we create (designed by our LS mixology guru Marjan). Something about having a specially made drink for your guests really says you went the extra mile to make their time special (and delicious!). Bon Appetite has done a great job on their site of telling you exactly how you can make your own event stand out with killer cocktail recipes and interesting features (like how to make your own ice specific to each drink).

"bon appetite" drinks

I’m in love with the cool clean classic graphics and photography, as well as the classic choices of videos and yummy concoctions. Take a look and find a way to spruce up your next party.

"bon appetite" drinks

"bon appetite" drinks

Bon Appetite also includes informative videos on the proper way to mix your favorite drink. In this case, we’ve included a link for a manhattan. Enjoy.

For more interesting resources for drinks, check out The Art of the Bar and the web site Liqurious.

* look for a post on Marjan and his amazing drinks soon on our blog!

Posted by on September 30th, 2011 at 3:55 AM | Comments (0)

Forget the big hoorah this Memorial Day and make your moment more intimate with this backyard picnic idea. Spread some blankets around, bbq some delicious burgers, and cop a squat next to your favorite gal/guy. We were inspired by this muted patriotic palette that we found on One Seven. We threw in some inspiration for taking your picnic on the road to designing packets of biodegradable silverware. If you really want to get crafty, you can follow that recipe for these cupcakes in a jar favors from the blog Cakies. They look delicious.

"Memorial Day" backyard bbq

Posted by on May 30th, 2011 at 6:05 AM | Comments (0)

Last week we met up with our favorite bartender, Marjan, at B Restaurant to learn how to make (and taste) his latest cocktail creation: Peggy on Parole.
Read on to find out what this complex and tasty treat is all about and more.

Interview with Marjan:

Q: What spirit are you currently experimenting with?

A: Un-aged whiskeys.

Q: What’s exciting about them?

A: Even though White Whiskeys have been a popular spirit to experiment with for couple of years now, it’s still a relatively new thing. It can also be a challenge to use. We’ve seen some great cocktail creations using “moonshine” as their main ingredient and White Manhattans started appearing on cocktail menus across the Bay Area. They have never been an easy sell though. Classic Manhattan drinkers may find it to be a bit too delicate, while first-timers – deceived by it’s bright color and clear appearance – are stunned how masculine this cocktail can actually be.

With “Peggy on Parole” I decided to take it all the way and make a rather feminine cocktail while using whiskey as the base spirit.

Q: Is there anything special about the whiskey used in this drink?

A: There is a multitude of brands available these days, most of them domestic. I opted for one of the few that is not; the Bunratty Potcheen from Ireland.
Of all the white whiskeys I’ve tasted in the past, this may be the most aromatic. The grainy taste that characterizes most un-aged whiskies is somewhat subdued. Instead, you get more floral notes and a touch of sweetness. Don’t get me wrong though; at 45 proof it’s still a “manly” spirit. :) Rye and wheat are used for the mash and unlike traditional whiskies the resulting spirit doesn’t go thorough the barrel aging process.

Q: What is your favorite spot in Oakland these days?

A: Cocktails at Camino and Flora can be pretty exciting. Not surprisingly both places have been on my go-to list for awhile. I’ve also been spending a lot of time in Adesso recently. The execution behind their bar is very consistent.



2oz Bunratty Potcheen
0.5oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
0.5oz Benedictine
3dash Orange Bitters
garnish Orange Peel

Pour ingredients over ice ice and stir it for 30 seconds.
strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish it with an orange zest.

Posted by on May 18th, 2011 at 4:53 AM | Comments (0)

Part Deux of our Sunday Brunch: The Bar! You’ve seen our Egg’s Benedict Table from Easter Sunday, and there’s still more. . . the drink station. Thanks to our long time collaborator and bartender extraordinaire, Marjan, we have an extra special Bloody Mary recipe (below) to send your way. In addition to some more tantalizing photos.

Bloody Mary Oakland Local Social

Photos // Emily Takes Photos

Bloody Mary (April 1st)

Recipe makes 7-8 drinks.

24 oz Tomato Juice
2 oz Beef Broth (or Veggie Broth)
1.5 oz Lemon Juice
8 cloves Roasted Garlic, made into a paste (or thoroughly muddled)
3 T Kosher Salt
2 T Paprika
1 tsp Celery Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Black Pepper

Garnish: Spicy Chorizo stuffed Castelvetrano olives

Stir the ingredients until salt gets dissolved, garlic gets disintegrated and serve it with vodka (4 : 1). One ounce of vodka mixed with four ounces of b.m. mix makes a decent size drink (pint glass size-ish)

* for a special touch to your Bloody Mary, infuse your own vodka with bacon! That’s right, I said it, bacon. It’s delicious.

Posted by on May 6th, 2011 at 2:21 PM | Comments (0)