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Eau my goodness

By me in today's SF Chronicle:

St. George Spirits, the Alameda distillers behind Hangar One Vodka and several eaux-de-vie, liqueurs and one whiskey, have launched another small bottling with big flavor. Aqua Perfecta Basil Eau de Vie is made with Thai and other varieties of basil, soaked in unaged California grape brandy and redistilled. The product, which sells for $50 at the distillery (and in a few other venues soon) was launched July 14 and is a "refined accompaniment to caviar" according to the press release. The bold basil flavor is rather potent right out of the bottle and should make for some savory cocktails like the suggested Thai Fighter with lime juice and ginger simple syrup.

Available at the distillery, 2601 Monarch St. (at Alameda Point, the old Naval Air Station), Alameda; (510) 769-1601, or online at stgeorgespirits.com.

Update from St. George Spirits:

-The $50 price was a promotional thing for the open house, $65 is the regular price.

-For now it will only be available in 6 bars, no liquor stores except ours.


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Michele Mandell

Hey Camper, I forwarded this article to the folks at Red Lantern, a Southeast Asian restaurant opening in downtown Redwood City next month. Chef comes from Betelnut in SF. This sounds like a must for their bar. (Yes, this is also a shameless promotion for the restaurant - disclaimer - I handle Red Lantern's PR).

Michele Mandell

You can always count on me for a disclaimer. Even though I wasn't "pushing" Red Lantern, per se. Just mentioning them in a public forum calls for a disclaimer in my book. Check out Michael Bauer's blog this morning on this very topic. Will check out the recipes from St. George Spirits. Thanks!

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