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Garage Specialty Cocktails

Sun Dress

Volstead Vodka, Suze Bitters, Watermelon, Kaffir Lime Leaves, Lemon, Saline – Served up

A casual dress favored by women in the summer that usually exposes legs, shoulders and other tanned skin.


Wild Turkey Bourbon, Lustau Brandy, Peach, Dill, Lemon, Bitters – Served over ice

Old style golf club with an iron head used for middle distances or lofting the ball. Comparable to the modern day 5-iron.


Smirnoff Vodka, Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Aperol, Raspberry, Lemon – Slushy

A groovy fixture associated with all things counter cultural and psychedelic in late 60’s and early 70’s. Better at creating mood, than actual light.

Dart Board

Vida Mezcal, Pueblo Viejo Añejo Tequila, Honey, Ginger, Lemon – Served over a cube

A circular board marked with numbered segments, used as a target in the game of darts. Usually made from compressed bristles.

Romance Novel

Dewar’s 12yr Scotch, blackberry & Coffee Shrub, Lemon – Served over ice

A genre of literature that focuses on love, passion and unlikely romantic relationships. Also known as a bodice ripper.

Snow Shoes

George Dickel Rye Whiskey, Smoked Pineapple, Pecan Orgeat, Lime, Bitters – Served over crushed ice

A specialized shoe that allows the user to travel easily over heavy snowfall by distributing weight over a larger area to avoid sinking.

Rusty Hammer

Havana Club Añejo Rum, Dow’s White Port, Palo Cortado Sherry, Pedro Ximénez SherrySaline – Served up

Hand tool used to drive nails, fit parts together or break them apart. Gets rusty when iron in the tools reacts with oxygen in the air, forming iron oxide.

Friendship Bracelet

Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Tamarind, Ginger, Honey, Lemon – Served long over crushed ice

A token of friendship usually exchanged between young girls. Handmade from several strands of brightly colored thread.

Fly Rod

Botanist Gin, Hidalgo Manzanilla Sherry, Lillet Blanc, Chili, Gomme, Lime, Saline – Served long over ice

A light, extremely flexible fishing rod especially designed to cast flies or artificial lures designed to look like an insects.

The 11 Best New Bars in San Francisco: Summer 2018

11 of 11:

White Cap

Ocean Beach has never been a hotbed of quality cocktails, but that could be changing. In the sleepy Parkside ’hood, just a couple blocks from the mighty Pacific, White Cap warms up surfers and locals with repurposed driftwood walls, teal booths, a fireplace and surfing on the TV. Owner Matt Lopez wisely brought on surfing pal and S.F. drink pioneer Carlos Yturria to run the bar.

THE DRINK TO DRINK: Yturria’s cocktails run spirituous and light, like the softly creamy Monkey Wrench mixing coconut milk with lime, Havana Club Añejo Clasico rum with house-made seaweed syrup and a dried nori (seaweed) garnish. Tio Pepe manzanilla sherry and a delicate use of orange juice elevates a classic Screwdriver cocktail.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: An industry trailblazer, Yturria (over the past couple decades, at places like Bacar, Range and Absinthe) is a longtime sherry expert who has traveled extensively in Jerez, Spain, and can school you on all things sherry from his White Cap sherry selection.