5 Signature Sacramento Cocktails


Cocktails are coming back in a big way, and Sacramento has seen a surge of new bars and signature drinks coming through. While it’s hard to beat a good Old Fashioned, there are some truly unique drinks coming out of the city that are simply signature Sacramento. Here are five you need to try today:



Served at Grange, home of Executive Chef Oliver Ridgeway, this culinary event carries on its menu specialties beyond its expertly prepared plates. The shrub is a gin drink that adds in champagne vinegar, pink peppercorns, basil, lemon, and prosecco. Plus, local California strawberries. After all, nothing is better than fresh strawberries. The whole thing makes for a slightly pleasantly tart and herbaceous drink that’s a perfect compliment to a plate of buffalo pork ribs or beer steamed mussels.


Krakow Salt Mine

Sliding across the bar at the Red Rabbit Kitchen and Bar, you’ll find the vodka drink under the “juicy” section of the bar menu. It features apple cider lemon, ginger beer, simple syrup, and kosher salt. It’s a cocktail that will seem familiar in flavor in that kind of way where you can’t place it, and that’s exactly the point. Enjoy a zingy riff on on profile you know you love, and maybe try some rabbit bolognese if you’re feeling adventurous.


Cin/Van Old Fashioned

Hook and Ladder does an Old Fashioned that might as well be dessert – in the best possible way. Starting off with a splash of bourbon that’s just recently returned to the US, this fresh twist on a true cocktail classic substitutes the sugar cube for cinnamon vanilla syrup and splashes on some aromatic vanilla-ango bitters. It’s not necessarily a sweeter drink that it’s spicy but subtly fruity older brother, but familiar vanilla makes it warm and reassuring – perfect for letting your meal settle or just for a quality drink at the end of a long day.


Venezuelan Sour

The Shady Lady Saloon is arguably the city’s best spot for cocktails, and they rotate them out seasonally. That means the Venezuelan Sour might not be there for too long, but there’s no doubt you’ll bind something amazing to replace it. If you can get there while it’s still on the menu, though, this upscale spin on the sour drink is well worth it. Mixing fresh lemon juice, rum, a pinch of sugar, a dash of vanilla extract, and egg whites, this sweet, tart, frothy drink is a little familiar, a little exotic, and a lot refreshing and delicious.


Habanero Hottie

At Pour House, beer is often a feature, but if you glance a bit lower on the menu under the “swill” section, you will find some truly incredible craft cocktails. The Habanero Hottie uses habanero infused tequila, ancho reyes chili liqueur, honey, and lime to bring you a tongue tingling and surprisingly sweet sensation. It’s not as scary as it sounds, but it’s certainly not a drink that likes to be ignored. If you order one for yourself, be prepared for it to be the main event.

Sacramento Places for The Fall Weather

Autumn is one of the most glorious seasons here in Sacramento. The trees come alive in a riot of fall color, making the already beautiful scenery sing. There are many spots you can go to in and around Sacramento to more fully appreciate the beauty of fall. Here is a look at the best places in Sacramento to enjoy the fall splendor.


Apple Hill


If you ask Sacramento residents to name their perfect spots for a fall outing, the chances are that they will mention a trip to Apple Hill somewhere on the list. The Apple Hill Growers Association is a Sacramento institution that consists of more than 50 apple farms around the area. They are all open to the public for pumpkin and apple picking. One of the most popular members of the Apple Hill Growers Association is Dapper Dan’s, where visitors can delight in picking more than 50 kinds of apples.


Take in a River Cruise


One of the most gorgeous ways to enjoy a beautiful fall day is to take a cruise on the Sacramento River. A river cruise on the Hornblower is a phenomenal way to bask in the splendid foliage that lines the banks of the river. The cruise is not only visually appealing, but you will learn a lot of fascinating Sacramento history as well. Make sure to remember to bring your camera to capture the stunning views.


Have Fun at the Pumpkin Farm


The climate in Sacramento is perfect for growing pumpkins, which explains why there is an abundance of pumpkin farms in the area. Many of them are open to the public, and Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm is definitely one of the best. They have so many fun things to do, including train and wagon rides, pig races, a corn maze, a petting farm, crafts and loads of great food.


Bask in the Beauty of Capitol Park


As the state capital of California, Sacramento is home to a gorgeous capitol building that adds a sense of grandeur to the fall foliage. If you want to take one of the most iconic photographs in California, get a picture taken with the capitol building in the background when the fall color in Capitol Park is at its peak. One of the loveliest spots in Capitol Park is the World Peace Rose Garden. There are 650 rose bushes in this garden that come alive during October with their second bloom of the season.


Spooner Summit


One of the lesser-known spots to enjoy the fall colors is Spooner Lake. Although most locals are aware of its beauty, many of them keep Spooner Summit’s majesty a secret from visitors. The spot abounds with aspen trees that explode with color every autumn. You can find the Spooner Summit rest area at the junction of US Highway 50 and Nevada State Route 28. If you want to get an even better view, park your car and take a hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail. The views along the trail are beautiful all year, but they become simply magical during fall.


Fall is a great time to be in Sacramento. Make sure that you take some time to explore the most scenic areas of town every autumn. It is time well-spent that will satisfy your soul and recharge your batteries. Visit the spots on this list next time you are ready to experience the fall beauty of Sacramento.