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Spicy Cocktails in the Bay Area?

SeattleuPersian Oct 11, 2008 01:03 AM

Hey all

Just moved from the PNW and they are doing a lot of great drinks with Habanero and whatnot. I have as of yet to find anything here in the Bay Area. I work downtown and live in Berkeley, but I am willing to travel for a good cocktail. If anyone is familiar with Portland I am looking for something to rival Andina/Vault drinks....

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    hamachihil RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 11, 2008 08:09 AM

    Flora, in the Uptown section on Oakland has the best cocktails I've had in years. "Carter Beats the Devil" has a tincture of chili (maybe habanero) in it and is wonderful. I also highly recommend a drink called the Pegu Club- no chili but pure deliciousness. The
    food there is amazing too.

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      lmnopm RE: hamachihil Oct 11, 2008 11:04 AM

      T-Rex (and perhaps Sea Salt) often carries whatever spicy experimental Hangar One vodkas have been made (in the past, there have been wasabi and chipotle vodkas, which have been delicious).

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        courtneyp RE: hamachihil Oct 21, 2008 02:20 PM

        I second the “Carter Beats the Devil” and Flora in general! They have great drinks, and the food ain't bad ither. ;)

      2. Windy RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 12, 2008 05:52 PM

        Slow Club's bloody Mary is made with habanero vodka. Excellent drinks and food all around.

        Generally, if you want great cocktails, you'll do better in SF than Berkeley.

        1. courtneyp RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 21, 2008 02:22 PM

          I'm not sure if they're mixing cocktails with these in the tasting room, but the Hangar One (St. George's Spirits) distillery makes both wasabi and chipotle vodkas. Worth a swig!

          St. George Spirits
          2601 Monarch St, Alameda, CA

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            oaktowngirl RE: courtneyp Oct 22, 2008 09:51 PM

            Wasabi and chipotle were small batch, single issue vodkas. My husband still asks if I have seen it when i go on a liquor run. Sea Salt in Berkeley has some on the bar and Flora in Oakland makes good drinks. Carter beats the Devil is great.

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            jsgjewels RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 21, 2008 02:26 PM

            The spicy bloody mary with octopus at La Mar was outrageously good (and I'm not usually one to rave about spicy drinks).

            1. courtneyp RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 21, 2008 02:27 PM

              Also... The Alembic in the Upper Haight used to serve this great cocktail called "The Bone", which has rye, tabasco and lime... it's not on the menu anymore, but most of the bartenders remember it and will still make it for you!

              1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                ceekskat RE: SeattleuPersian Oct 21, 2008 03:05 PM

                I recall someone commenting on this board about a year ago or so about a tasty cocktail at Colibri made with Hangar One Chipotle vodka. Unfortunately, the bar menu on their website is not working to see if they have anything else as the chipotle was only a small batch I believe.


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