A Pretty In Pink Cocktail To Kick Start The Weekend

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San Francisco’s annual Indian summer—when the weather finally heats up during the months of September and October—calls for a light, fruity, and versatile spirit, something perfect for sipping in the lingering warmth on a golden afternoon. Lillet, a traditional French aperitif that consists of wine blended with artisanal fruit liqueurs, is the epitome of sun-soaked spirits. There are three types of Lillet: Blanc, Rouge, and Rosé, made respectively with white, red, and rosé wine. It’s slightly sweet with a syrupy texture that’s not cloying, but full-bodied and lovely. Lillet can be enjoyed on the rocks, mixed with tonic or sparkling water to make a spritzer, or as a sweetener in a creative cocktail.

Inside Ginger's bar
Inside Ginger’s bar

At Ginger’s, the newest bar from the team behind Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Tradition, and Pagan Idol, manager Michael Sedlacek uses Lillet Rosé in a festive libation called Pink Party. It’s a potent mixture of gin and vodka with the Lillet as the base of the drink. Housemade falernum, a spice syrup that’s typically associated with Tiki drinks, adds a fragrant note to the beverage that’s finished with a dash of hibiscus, Peychaud’s bitters, and orange flower water.

Pink Party
Pink Party

The Pink Party is served up in a martini glass, making it resemble the wildly popular drink of the 90s, the Cosmopolitan. That’s on purpose because Ginger’s, a downstairs bar with eclectic decor, small tables, and a ceiling covered with upside down umbrellas has a throwback feel—it’s an homage to the LGBT bars that once dominated the city’s nightlife scene. A DJ and projector showing gay-friendly films ensures that the atmosphere is lively and vibrant, even on a Tuesday night. Try the Pink Party at home or in the bar today.

Pink Party

From Michael Sedlacek at Ginger’s

1.5 ounces Lillet Rosé
1 ounce gin
.5 ounce vodka
.25 ounce housemade falernum
.25 ounce hibiscus
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
2 dashes orange flower water

In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Enjoy immediately.

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