Amazing Craft Cocktails at California Gold in San Rafael

We had a great experience last time at California Gold so we made time for some after-dinner drinks last weekend. The place was busy but not too much so and we got a nice booth right by the front of the bar. Our service was informed and friendly, and very prompt.

The reputation for excellent craft cocktails at California Gold is stellar and our experience this time only reinforced that belief. We tried four cocktails and all were really outstanding. We also noticed they had an extensive spirits collection, including a Caroni rum for only $45 per pour.

Indian Defense – I liked this more than Mrs. Mai Tai. Beefeater, Calvados, Amontillado Sherry, and Saffron Honey. Very spirit forward for those who like that style of stirred cocktails.

Flying Cloud – this was our favorite, so delicate and balanced. Pisco, Dark Rum, Grenadine, Lime, Absinthe.

Coco de Agua – I really dug this wonderful blend of savory flavors and would definitely order again. Cacacha, Coconut-washed Apricot Brandy, Pineapple Gum, Lime, Aromatic Peach Bitters.

Polo Cup – We were asked whether we wanted Gin or Vodka and we made the only correct choice. Super light and refreshing, depth was pretty good for this elevated “Gin Highball.” Gin, Elderflower, Mint, Basil, Cucumber, Lemon, Soda.

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