Friday, January 30, 2015

Coastal Cocktail

Scott Beattie's holiday masterpiece

Fluff-flavored vodka might be okay for Amber Rose, but when it comes to holiday drinking, we choose savory over sickly-sweet every time.

Which is why master mixologist Scott Beattie is your kind of guy. His idea of a holiday cocktail is the Coastal Collins, an aromatic, herbal take on the classic Tom Collins that even non-gin-drinkers can get excited about.

The secret: St. George “terrior” gin. This locally-distilled spirit’s taste and bouquet is modeled after that iconic Mt. Tam scent that wells up on warm evenings. It adds a festive, slightly piney, and distinctly Bay Area quality to this savory sipper.

Escape a house full of relatives and order one like it at the brand-spankin'-new Plum Bar, or make it yourself at home. Here’s how it’s done:

1 1/2 oz St. George “terrior” gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz 1/1 simple syrup
Splash of soda
Bay laurel and huckleberries to garnish

Fill a tall Collins glass with ice and build your cocktail with the above ingredients. Garnish and serve.

Yes, the perfect Christmas cocktail is that easy.

Plum Bar
2216 Broadway, Oakland
(510) 444-7586

Nearby: Plum; Luka's Taproom; Xolo Taqueria

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