America’s Cup Cocktails

For the first time in almost 20 years, the America’s Cup has returned to American shores. All summer long, the world’s fastest sailboats have been competing on San Francisco Bay.

And truly, there’s no better way to watch a boat race than from a comfy seat with a cocktail in hand. Thankfully, the America’s Cup Sports Bar was built just before the contest started. The temporary 12,000-square-foot watering hole has not only a great view of the action but also some amazing drinks created by star local mixologist Scott Beattie.

This week Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy face off for the right to take on Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final. Just in time, we got Beattie to share a trio of his nautical recipes with us.

For a refreshing afternoon or brunch tipple, try the Coastal Pimm’s Cup (pictured above), a spin on the British favorite calling for the earthy St. George Terroir Gin and bubbly ginger beer.

After the sun goes down, fix the Spaniard. This transatlantic version of the Manhattan combines traditional bourbon with Spanish brandy.

If you’re far from the Bay Area, you can still catch an ocean breeze from Beattie’s Waterfront Negroni. He adds Bäska Snaps, a Swedish-inspired infusion of caraway and licorice from the makers of Bittermens bitters, to the classic Negroni formula.

No matter which recipe you choose, after a few sips, you’ll have earned your sea legs. Cheers!

Coastal Pimm’s Cup

Contributed by Scott Beattie
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 oz Pimm’s No. 1
  • .5 oz St. George Terroir Gin
  • .75 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 oz Ginger beer
  • Garnish: Cucumber slices and bay leaf
  • Glass: Double Old Fashioned

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients except the ginger beer to shaker and fill with ice. Shake briefly, unseal the shaker and add the ginger beer. Swirl the shaker and then pour (unstrained) into a double Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with cucumber slices and a bay leaf.

Spaniard

Contributed by Scott Beattie
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • .5 oz Cardenal Mendoza Brandy
  • .75 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash The Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
  • Garnish: Maraschino cherry
  • Glass: Coupe

PREPARATION:
Fill a mixing glass two-thirds of the way with ice. Add all the ingredients and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Waterfront Negroni

Contributed by Scott Beattie
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz No. 209 Gin
  • .5 oz Campari
  • .5 oz Bittermens Bäska Snaps
  • .5 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth
  • .5 oz Dolin Rouge Vermouth
  • Garnish: Orange zest
  • Glass: Rocks or coupe

PREPARATION:
Fill a mixing glass two-thirds of the way with ice. Add all the ingredients and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass containing one large ice cube or a coupe glass. Garnish with orange zest.

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