Why your Bar Program Needs Indulgent and Health-Conscious Cocktail Drink Options

On this episode of Smart Kitchen and Bar, our resident master mixologist, Oscar Castaneda, shares with us interesting ways of using and presenting cocktails with spirits like brandy and gin, featuring St. George Spirits. These types of cocktails are on trend when it comes to the two popular sides of the drink spectrum focusing on one end the health-conscious consumer and on the other end the over-indulgent.

“Brandy is usually something people think about as an after dinner drink or like a sipper. We want to show that there’s a way to make other things with it…” says Castaneda.

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The intention for this upcoming drink, named The Américan, is to make a dessert in drink form. Castaneda makes the argument for having a cocktail in your menu that will help guests end their restaurant or bar experience on a high note.


  • 2 oz. St. George Pear Brandy

  • 1 oz. St. George Gin

  • 1 sliced Pear muddle or Pear purée

  • 3/4 oz. Cinnamon & Clove Brown Sugar reduction

  • 1 Egg White

Served as a martini with a graham cracker crust rim and garnished with a shaved pear and a cinnamon stick.

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This next drink was inspired by the “Zen movement” as Castaneda calls it The Yogi. Our master mixologist got his inspiration from the botanical and aromatic features from the terroir gin.

“They want to transport you with their product to what inspires their process to begin with; therefore, what a better way to connect the dots than by mixing nature and our inner yogi,” says Castaneda.


  • 2 oz St. George Gin

  • 3/4 oz Lavender Lemon Syrup

  • Blueberries, Basil, Ginger muddle

  • Turmeric powder

  • 1 oz Soda water

All ingredients except soda short shaken, then poured into a glass with soda water. Garnish glass with a basil leaf, blueberries, and lavender bitters.

Check out the Smart Kitchen and Bar episode to learn tips about how to make these drinks scalable for your beverage program!

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