Hard cider, a centuries-old beverage, is gaining new fans among the craft beer and wine set and beyond, with sales quintupling over the last three years. Some of the very best hard cider is being produced in Healdsburg by the fatherand- son team of David and Robert Cordtz. The two founded Sonoma Cider in 2013 and their ever-expanding line of certified organic ciders has been winning accolades and awards ever since, including being named the 2015 Cider Producer of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition. The Mint Apple Swizzle was created by Oakland-based cocktail consultant John Pomeroy. It’s the perfect refresher for a summer afternoon or evening.

—2 oz. Sonoma Cider The Hatchet
—1.5 oz. Occidental Road Apple Brandy
—.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
—5 dashes Angostura bitters
—1 small bunch mint leaves
—1 small Granny Smith apple slice, peeled

In a short mixing tin, muddle apple and mint in lime juice and brandy. Pour into a highball glass. Top with crushed ice and swizzle until ice cold. Top with cider and more crushed ice, then Angostura bitters and garnish with apple wheel and bunch of mint.

Ever since I visited the Pasolivo olive ranch in Paso Robles a few years ago, their tree-to-table olive oils have been my evoo of choice to sprinkle on the fresh greens I grow in my backyard garden. So, I was thrilled to hear from the Pasolivo team that their flavored olive oils can add an antioxidant-packed addition to easy make-at-home cocktails. Here’s their recipe for a simple gin-based drink. 



Fellow, a gorgeous new restaurant and private event venue (capacity 650) in West Los Angeles, takes a sustainable and serious approach to its cocktail program. Bar director Adam Fournier, the  2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, repurposes kitchen and bar produce into cordials and kitchen stocks.


Earlier this year, the 15 locations of Ocean Prime, including one in Beverly Hills, participated in a bourbon blending workshop with Woodford Reserve, the Kentucky distillery. Out of this workshop, Ocean Prime beverage director Andrea Hoover created the Ocean Prime Manhattan.