The Weekend Cocktail: Celebrate San Francisco With The Golden Gate 75

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Last weekend marked the anniversary of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. My beloved Noni pushed my father in a stroller on opening day 75 years ago!

As one of the tallest, longest and most photographed bridges in the world, the landmark is a suspension bridge located along famed Highway #1 at the opening of the Golden Gate Straits to the Pacific Ocean connecting San Francisco to Marin County and beyond into wine country. I traveled over the bridge into the city many times growing up and I still get goose bumps when I make the journey across.

To honor the occasion, fellow San Franciscan and famed mixologist Camper English created a riff on the classic French 75. Camper replaces the Gin and Lemon for Campari and Orange Juice, giving the cocktail the same hue as the famous span. I would recommend using Sparkling Italian Blood Orange soda for a nice bubbly alternative! Enjoy this cocktail with friends while you talk about your favorite San Francisco memories! Cheers!

Golden Gate 75

2.5 ounces California Sparkling Wine

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce Blood Orange Juice

0.5 ounces Rich Simple Syrup*

1 dash Orange Bitters (Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6 recommended)

Orange peel for garnish

Blood orange juice helps turn this cocktail a color resembling the Golden Gate Bridge, celebrating its 75th birthday this year. Add Campari, orange juice, simple syrup, and bitters to an ice-filled shaker. Shake and fine strain (to remove any pulp) into a champagne flute or coupe. Top with sparkling wine. Zest the orange peel over the top of the drink and drop the peel in the drink as a garnish!

Gwen Kenneally is the owner of Back to the Kitchen, Full Service Catering and Party Planning. She is the co-founder and master baker at Magpie Gourmet Mini Pies.  Check out her websites and  Her Sweet and Savory Cookbook is available through AMAZON .

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.