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5 Cocktail Recipes to Welcome Britney to SF

We had this arsenal of frilly cocktails all ready for Sunday's Castro house parties, and then Britney had to go and move her operation inside to the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Oh well, a little rain won't stop us from toasting to "Toxic."

Here's a bevy of recipes the drink gurus over at whipped up to welcome the Britney media blitz to San Francisco. Brit fan or not, file these away in the "guilty pleasures" folder.

Five Rainy Day Cocktail Recipes

What's in our foreseeable future? Rain, rain and more rain. If you can't escape for the slopes, it's time for some proper brooding...with rainy day cocktails.

Our friends at have supplied us with a list of some hot and fortifying recipes -- perfect for the sipping after a day of umbrella wars.

Say No To Green Beer: Five St. Patrick's Day Cocktail Recipes

If you've dubbed St. Patty's Day "amateur night," aren't into long bathroom lines, and are squeamish around green food coloring, you might want to stay in this Thursday.  But that doesn't mean you can't raise a glass to the banishment of snakes from Ireland. Our mixologist friends over at have been kind enough to supply us with five delish recipes to mix up for a St. Patrick's Day party. Cheers! 

1. Irish Jack Rose Red Wine Cocktails for the Winter Cold

It's wintertime, and all you want to drink is strong cocktails and full-bodied red wines. Break out of your routine by mixing up hearty red wine cocktails that will blast away the shivers down your spine, thanks to our friends at

Last-Minute Love Potions from

It's Valentine's Day, and you haven't snagged that perfect gift or reservation for your sweetheart. Don't sweat, because our pals at and at Ginger Royale whipped up some recipes for last-minute love potions that will guarantee you an amorous evening tonight. Forget the roses and chocolates and start chilling those glasses!

Taste $2000 Louis XIII Cognac at Café des Amis

Connoisseurs of the French national spirit should jump on this immediately --'s hosting an Exclusive Cognac Tasting Monday, January 31 at Café des Amis. The main event is $65, and will include samplings of some of the world's finest cognacs. But those with an appetite for the ultra-exclusive will be most excited about the Louis XIII VIP Tasting, which happens before the main event and is open to just 15 people. At $2000 a bottle, Louis XIII cognac is blended from extremely old eaux-de-vie then aged in oak barrels over several hundred years old.'s High-Roller Holiday Gift Guide

If there's someone extra, extra special on your gift-giving list this year, our friends at have just the thing: rare, mega-expensive and delectable spirits. Whoever's the lucky soul on the receiving end of these presents will thank you in a big, big way.

Black Tot Rum ($1,000): SF Bartending Stars Compete to Mix the Best Negroni

It seems like everyone's on a Negroni kick lately, but to make one perfectly, you need a good gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Our friends at challenged some of SF's best bartenders from watering holes like Marco Dionysos from Smuggler's Cove and Rye, Erik Adkins from Heaven's Dog, and Ryan Fitzgerald and Vince Lund from Beretta to mix up the best Negroni they could to determine which gins and sweet vermouths are prime. Read about the results here, and mix up your own Negroni with the winning recipe.

Ease into the Holidays with's RN74 'Spirited Supper'

Here's something to melt this post-Thanksgiving chill:'s throwing the next installment of their 'Spirited Supper' series this Tuesday night at Michael Mina's RN74. The dinner will feature four courses, created specially by executive chef Jason Berthold, and of course a slew of cocktails (this time featuring a range of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotches, topped off with a nightcap made with Hennessy Cognac).

What To Do With Port? Here's a Recipe

Our friends at call port the fruitcake of alcohol. Holiday guests will bring you a bottle and because few people know what to do with it, it gets shoved to the back of the liquor cabinet and forgotten. But they've dug up a very good reason for you to dust off that old bottle you've had and finally uncork it.

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