America's Cup Cocktails

How to drink for the sailing regatta

There’s no better way to watch a boat race than from a comfy seat with a cocktail in hand.

For the first time in almost 20 years, the America’s Cup has returned to American shores. All summer long, the world’s fastest sailboats have been competing on the San Francisco Bay.

And truly, there’s no better way to watch a boat race than from a comfy seat with a cocktail in hand. Thankfully, the America’s Cup Sports Bar was built just before the contest started. The temporary 12,000-square-foot watering hole has not only a great view of the action but also some amazing drinks created by star local mixologist Scott Beattie.

This week, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy face off for the right to take on Larry Ellison’s Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup final. Just in time, we got Beattie to share a trio of his nautical recipes with us.

For a refreshing afternoon or brunch tipple, try the Coastal Pimm’s Cup (pictured above), a spin on the British favorite calling for the earthy St. George Terroir Gin and bubbly ginger beer.

After the sun goes down, fix the Spaniard. This transatlantic version of the Manhattan combines traditional bourbon with Spanish brandy.

If you’re far from the Bay Area, you can still catch an ocean breeze from Beattie’s Waterfront Negroni. He adds Bäska Snaps, a Swedish-inspired infusion of caraway and licorice from the makers of Bittermens bitters, to the classic Negroni formula.

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