Nothing says Oakland like Nickel Dime Syrups' spicy cocktail syrup Caged Heat. Born out of ingredients sourced from the Oaktown Spice Shop, featured in the best selling cocktail at Oakland's Sidebar, and winner of the Four Roses National Cocktail Competition. Merged with Oakland's own Absinthe, Absinthia blanche, this ultra low proof cocktail is tamed with Seedlip, a distilled without alcohol spirit.
Vigilant Navy Strength Gin, muddled strawberries and cucumber, freshly squeezed lime juice, agave nectar
Inspiration for the 4th and Webster comes from the geographical area surrounding Seawolf Public House, known as the Jack London Square district. The base spirit in this cocktail, Vigilant Navy-Strength Gin is equally inspired by Jack London's love for gin martinis and the nearby Port of Oakland's Naval history. The fresh fruit in the cocktail is inspired by the produce markets that have a long history in the district surrounding Seawolf.
Home Base Spirits bourbon, Spirit works sloe gin, St George Bruto americano, Small hands passion fruit, Lemon Soda
Inspired by a regular of ours who named it after his favorite model of Datsun cars (and more specifically his favorite hot wheel model - of which he owns a substantial number). Slightly bitter, light and refreshing collins style cocktail made with all local ingredients
Walking around town with some bar flies hoping from bar to bar in downtown, I was always on the look out for a NON-Alcoholic drink that would allow me to slow the roll with my buddies and keeping under the radar with them.. We need more of this in our worlds in my opinion...
Oakland Spirits Companies Gin #5, Luxardo Maraschino Liquer, Caravella Limoncello, Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur , garnished with Pansy blossoms grown on our patio.
An Italian-inspired variation on the classic New York cocktail. Celebrates Oakland's Italian heritage with colorful new presentation and recipe that aspires to be as beautiful and unique as Oakland itself.
Martell Blue Swift cognac, Jasmine green tea, dried sour plum, ginger, mint
Bruce Lee "Li Xiaolong/Lei Siu Lung" loved to drink tea, which inspired this cocktail and a tribute to him and his controversial fight match with Wong Jack Man in Oakland, 1964, in his martial arts studio, located by Oakland Tech. The Oakland school attracted cross-cultural, racial equity innovation to Bruce Lee, spreading his teachings to non-Asian students, which were denounced with traditional "gung fu" martial arts masters and teachers, ultimately setting up Lee's fight for the right to teach, making it his legacy to this day. Bruce Lee's favorite drink isn't just, "Waa-taaa!!! (water)
Home Base Bourbon, Suze, Giffard Pamplemousse Liqueuer, Honey, Lime & Draft Local IPA (Ghost Town, Line 51, Fieldwork)
Homebase Spirits was founded and run by two sisters born and raised in Oakland. The IPA topper in this drink is from one of our three favorite local breweries, with whom we've been working since day one. It's a hot hot summer, every day is good for a cool Bitches Broth!
Lime Juice, Pear Puree, Smith & Cross rum, Atlantico Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum
The movie Blindspotting shot right here in Oakland was the inspiration for this drink. Because just like the movie there's a ton of subtle intricacies going on with this drink. Yet, you'll only be able to focus on just one at a time.
A fresh take on a classic Moscow Mule, inspired by one of the Oakland A's original mascots, Charlie-O the mule, who was named after Charles O. Finley, the team's owner at the time. Fresh blueberries add subtle sweetness to the crisp ginger beer.
Japanese whiskey, fig & thyme syrup, lemon, organic egg white
Tay Ho’s location is considered the gateway to Oakland Chinatown. Tequila en Fuego Tequila, house made raspberry shrub, lime The vibrant tapestry of Oakland and its people. This cocktail is inspired by its diverse population.
Top Shelf Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit, Grapefruit Slice Garnish, served on the Rocks
Peter was never without expression, thought, or brilliance. His inspiration for our Signature Cocktail came from a childhood memory of watching his Mother and Father play cards with friends late at night while drinking “Greyhounds” (juice being from the “can” of course. He followed that with the realization that California is one of the biggest fruit Suppliers in the Country, then he said, “We will be serving our Greyhounds with “Fresh Squeezed” Grapefruit Juice, garnish it with a generous slice of Ruby Red Grapefruit, and the rest is history!
St George Terroir, lemon, Faction Hipster Conformant
This one was Easy, from our relationship with Lance at St George and walking over from there is Faction I put the two together. They are both Pioneers in the local business’s producing amazing things to make our brains think’in....
Inspired by Oakland Chinatown and it's annual summer end StreetFest, this fest celebrates the history and many traditions of China, allows the local Chinese communities to share their cuisine and culture, and it also welcomes the Mid Autumn Mooncake Festival, which will fall this year on September 24th. The cocktail's main base, Kuei Hua Chen (Chiew - wine) made from osmanthus flowers, is the traditional choice for the "reunion wine," drunk on Mid Autumn Mooncake Festival. This cocktail is also a toast to Dragon School and the many dragon murals that adorn the walls of Chinatown; look for Chang'e, the Moon Goddess, with her mooncakes on the wall adjacent to the 21 Hair Salon, located in between 11th and 10th Street, on Webster Street!
Bird Dog maple whiskey, meyer lemon, falcon spirits amaro, balsamic fig shrub, cherry bark vanilla bitters, ginger beer
This cocktail is inspired by the Fox Theatre which is a landmark in this beautiful town. There's always a beautiful diverse crowd there from all walks of life and flavors. This cocktail blends cool eclectic flavors that give you sweet, tart, bitter and smokey flavors just like the different artists that play at the Fox.
We've been working on our own secret tonic recipe for years, and simultaneously applauding and supporting the growth of our buddy Lance's distillery. His spirits are now internationally desired, and we are so proud to highlight them in our classic renditions.
I was Inspired to make this drink when a Local Wine maker came to me with some home made Verjus (Meadow View)and blew my mind with out we could use this item as an acid agent in drinks. Love the texture it brings as well...
Celebrating the emerging, classic Taiwanese night market street food culture, in tea and snack shops and the nostalgic night-in-Taiwan (called Formosa in 1895) vibe of karaoke rooms, nightlife cuisine, & bar experience, in the growing and diverse Oakland community. Kavalan is pure Taiwan whisky, winning 'Best in Class' and 9 'Double Golds,' in World's Best Whisky awards & International Spirits Challenge. We are toasting to only the best in Oakland!
Sombra Mezcal, Jalapeno, fresh squeezed grapefruit, fresh lemon juice, grapefruit wedge, club soda
What inspired this cocktail: Warm summer days under the Oakland sun and cool cozy nights brings together this refreshing, spicy smoked cocktail. What better way to indulge in this cocktail than enjoying it at The Terrace Room overlooking the beautiful Lake Merritt.
This drink came to me from the foggy mornings we have out in Rockridge and Sitting on Grizzly Peak up above the fog and feeling like we are Levitating above the fog... Always puts things into prospective for me when I get out here to clear the head..
Rum, Amaretto, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour, Pineapple Juice.
The first time I made this drink was my first bartending job. It was 1992 and i was a rough and ready 21 year old . The bar was a long since closed little Mexican restaurant called The Cantina in the Glenview District of Oakland. The customer asked for a Mai Tai, the drink conceived in the East Bay. I could not remember how to make a one, so I threw ingredients together that seemed logical and appropriately tropical. The customer took a sip and said, "Well, this is not a Mai Tai, but it is delicious". A couple of years later, Cointreau had a cocktail contest and i switched out the Triple Sec for Cointreau, and called it a Howard's End and it took the blue ribbon! The original name was a RATS P, basically the acronym of the ingredients, but Howard's End had a better ring. I changed it to Mistadobalina to match the Avenue's Music themed Menu, and to pay homage to the Legendary Rapper, Skyline Graduate, founding member , Hieroglyphics and The Souls of Mischief, and of course the reason Oakland celebrates Hiero day every year, Del the Funky Homosapien!!! We actually went to Skyline High School OPS together. He graduated in 1990, I was class of 1989 (my daughter will be class of 2021) :) Jack Daniels Rye, Tippleman's Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Old Fashion Bitters, served on The ROCK's or up, garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist.
OSCO uptown dry gin, St George pear brandy, house passionfruit cordial, brut cava, orange bitters, local rosemary
A perfect toast to the Oaktown guys over at OSCO, who keep bringing such unique flavors to the market, celebrating here with the signature pear eau-de-vie from our friends across the channel at St George.
Wright & Brown Distilling Co. Rye, St. George Spirits Absinthe Angostura bitters sugar cube orange peel twist
The Oaktown Sazerac is inspired by one of the oldest American classic cocktails, showcasing 'Wright & Brown Distilling Co.,' Oakland's first distillery since Prohibition, and St. George Spirits, from the neighboring town of Alameda. The Oaktown Sazerac represents strength, grit and soul ....all that is Oakland!
Denizen rum, coconut washed El Dorado rum, Banane du Bresil, pineapple juice, lime juice, spiced agave, passionfruit foam
The Pacific Exchange is inspired by the tiki drink movement that was born in oakland, thanks in large part to Trader Vic's invention of the Mai Tai as well as the Port of Oakland's role in importing international flavors
Inspired by the local scrub of the Oakland hills (where Chef James forages ingredients for Commis/CDP often). The pervasive bay trees have given the ingredient an almost-permanent place on the menu in some form.
With Port View Park being such a great place to just hang out and walk around, the Port View Potion was inspired by that same relaxation vibe you get while there. One sip of this and worries just wash away.
This Cocktail is inspired by the people of Oakland. It reflects how sweet the people are here but how things will heat up quickly if cross the line with an Oakland native. The smokey profile of the mezcal reflects how I got 5 on it" is not just a song but a lifestyle here in Oakland if you know what I mean. The colors of this cocktail is a nod to our Oakland Athletics. This Cocktail was inspired by the people of Oakland. It reflects how sweet the people are here but how things will heat up quickly if cross the line.
Hennessy V.S., Meyer lemon, south bay Dominican rum, Mexican naranja liqueur, Vietnamese mint, black lemon bitters
This cocktail is inspired by the Side shows that use to run rampant every weekend in the Town. From ghost riding, spinning donuts, to stomping the whip and just going hella hyphae this was the dope thing to do in the . This is a unique twist to a classic side car which in Oakland the brandy is always subbed by the Towns favorite spirit Hennessy.
Top Shelf Gin (we recommend Sapphire), Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice, St. Germaine float. Served on the Rocks.
“The Empress” cocktail is a gift from the divine, channeled through longtime CVK bartender Ena Dallas. This nectar of love and delight combines Gin to stimulate the intellect, St. Germaine to arouse sensuality, and CVK’s signature Fresh squeezed grapefruit to bring health and great fortune. When sipped by Peter Van Kleef he proclaimed “OH! This is Good!”
Wray & nephew rum, pear, cucumber, tarragon, undiyo masala
An Oakland Native of Jamaican & Indian descent, United States Senator Kamala Harris has served in the SF City Attorney's office, and as the California Attorney General. Kamal is a M*#%F&@ BOSS! Kamala Harris for President!
Jamaican pot still rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, passion fruit, bitters
The Kon-Tiki grog is a riff on the classic Trader Vic's Grog. Trader Vic's was the second tiki bar to exist in the world, right here in Oakland. With this drink, we are paying homage to the bar that made tiki happen, because it happened in Oakland!
Jack Daniels Rye, Tippleman's Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Old Fashioned Bitters, Served on the rocks or up and garnished with a cherry or a lime.
This Drink is inspired by the legandary punk and metal Club, The Omni, located just accross from The Avenue on Shattuck. This drink combines incredible flavors into one beautiful disaster, the same way the infamous club combined various forms of alternative music under one roof. My wife and I found the syrup in a little store in Truckee during our summer vacation to Tahoe, the flavor of the syrup practically begged for a rye whiskey, Jack Daniels released their rye whiskey and being as how Jack Daniels is synonymous with the Heavy Music community, it seemed natural to use it in a cocktail named after a Legandary Oakland Heavy Music Venue.
Oakland Spirits Co. Gin, lemon, huckleberry and Bordiga Rosso vermouth
Inspiration: Mountains! I thought that huckleberries foraged just off Skyline Blvd and Italian alpine herbs in the vermouth would be a great combination with a juniper mountain spirit--especially with one made on Oakland. That, and late night Oakland vistas with Sean and Brian. *Please note: Camino does not take tips so our Cocktail Week special is $12 with zero expectation of a tip.