Tourist season is a fading memory, school is back in session, and with several weeks of San Francisco's finest weather ahead of us, it's time to spread out, kick back and properly enjoy our beaches, parks and backyards. While you soak up the sun, it's critical to stay properly hydrated.
Canned wine and cocktails are great picnic choices: Single-serving aluminum cans are lighter weight than glass (and may be taken to places where glass may not), chill more quickly and, most importantly, they now contain high quality contents. You can sip vintage varietal wines or pop the lid on cocktails crafted with top shelf spirits and bitters.
Plus, there are plenty of great options coming out of Northern California. As always, we've done the heavy lifting for you. Enjoy!
Can Can Cocktails
Former Sacramento bartender Ryan Seng crafts small batches of his lightly effervescent creations using premium spirits and ingredients from the Central Valley. The line currently offers a choice of three cocktails: White Linen, a cool refresher of cucumber, elderflower, gin botanicals, lemon and vodka; 120, Seng's own crisp recipe of vodka, raspberries, lemon juice and mint; and Boar's Bourbon Root Beer, a rich and boozy brew of bourbon, botanicals, mint and Angostura bitters. Sacramento locals find these dangerously drinkable during their broiler pan summers. // Can Can cocktails ($16 per 355ml four pack) are available at Dolores Market, 698 Guerrero St. (Mission) and Acme Bar & Company, 2115 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); cancancocktails.com