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Melt The SF Summer Chill: A Whiskey Cocktail Recipe from Beretta's Ryan Fitzgerald

It's hard to overstate the popularity of Mission District watering hole and pizzeria Beretta. The place is perpetually packed. And while many talented hands that go into the making of Beretta's reputation as a go-to hot spot, perhaps one of the most charismatic is mixologist Ryan Fitzgerald.

Drinking Outdoors: The Essential Hardware, Plus a Lemon Cooler Recipe

Summertime calls for drinks sipped out in the open air. If you're roughing it in the great outdoors, you need to have sturdy hardware to get your cocktails to your lips intact. Liquor.com has rounded up a few essentials, plus a Lemon Cooler recipe for any alfresco occasion:

Sip the Spirit of Summer: A Guide to Gin

Gin is light on the tongue and can be mixed with the freshest, most summery ingredients. It's the quintessential spirit of summer. From a Tom Collins to the classic gin & tonic, it can take on almost any flavor you like. The experts at Liquor.com have compiled a guide to the best gins to brighten any cocktails you might be mixing up this sunny season.

Farm Fresh Cocktails from SF Newcomer Bar Agricole

Just like the surge in popularity of farm-to-table dining in San Francisco, bartenders are beginning to follow their chef cohorts into the fields for the freshest fruits, veggies and herbs to add to their increasingly innovative and tasty barroom concoctions.

But the person who is taking this to the extreme is San Francisco's Thad Vogler, who just this summer opened the bar at Camino and the J Lounge at Jardiniere.

Top Chef Masters' Rick Bayless Mixes Up the Party-Perfect Summer Margarita

Life without margaritas would be a dismal one. As everyone's favorite tequila drink, it's a mainstay at parties, bars and on beaches. But just a few years ago, they were far from popular.

We have celebrity chef and recent Top Chef Masters contestant Rick Bayless to thank for changing that. He's has been championing Mexican food and its perfect companion the Margarita for decades.

Oakland, CA: The Birth Place of the Mai Tai

What do you think of when you think of a Mai Tai? Sandy beaches? Palm trees? You'd probably never think of Oakland, which is where the Mai Tai was born in 1944 at venerable cocktail man Victor Bergeron's original Trader Vic's restaurant. The quintessential tropical drink went on to be a staple in both exotic locales and tiki bars, far from its origins in not-so-exotic Oakland, CA.

Classic New Orleans: Cocktail Inspiration from the Big Easy

The Big Easy is prime cocktail territory - they even have a museum dedicated to them. Drinks are rightfully consumed there morning, noon and night, including classics like the Sazerac (pictured here) and the Ramos Gin Fizz, and up-and-comers like the Hand Grenade and the Hurricane. If you can't make it to NOLA anytime soon, you can still enjoy their drinks. Our comrades at Liquor.com have an ever-handy recipe guide to the best Big Easy drinks, delicious especially when it's extra hot outside.

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