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I love to photo cocktails (and drink them) and I’ve been lately I’ve been doing both for Oakland Magazine’s cocktail column. In every issue the writer finds a delicious drink and gets the recipe from the bartender. I also photo cocktails for Oakland Magazine restaurant reviews too. Between the two, I thought I’d share some favorites…

Tabi Musselwhite makes the Corpse Reviver #2 at Haven Restaurant, 44 Webster St, Oakland CA, Photo by Lori Eanes.

Tabi Musselwhite makes the Corpse Reviver #2 at Haven Restaurant, 44 Webster St, Oakland CA. Photo: Lori Eanes

The "scratch" Pim's Cup cocktail at East End Restaurant and Bar, Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park St, Alameda CA 94501 510. 263.9630

The “scratch” Pimm’s Cup cocktail at East End Restaurant and Bar, Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park St, Alameda CA 94501 510. 263.9630. Photo: Lori Eanes

Of all the cocktails photographed here my favorite was the Pimm’s Cup. It’s made from Pimm’s No. 1, a spirit from Great Britain. You can get a recipe from  www.foodandwine.com, but it’s so dangerously easy  why even bother. Just mix Pimm’s with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda one to one. Add fruit— apples, oranges, cucumber, mint and ice and you’ve got a great way to end the day. Or, for the best version, stop by East End Restaurant and Bar in Alameda.

The Featherweight a cocktail (with flowers frozen in the ice cubes) by Jessica Moncada and Zoe Carrasco bartenders of Doble Bar at Geoffrey's, 410 14th Street. Photo by Lori Eanes

The Featherweight a cocktail (with flowers frozen in the ice cubes) by Jessica Moncada and Zoe Carrasco bartenders of Doble Bar at Geoffrey’s, 410 14th Street. Photo by Lori Eanes

Check out the recipe for the Featherweight from Oakland Magazine here. It’s perfect for a summer evening.

The Bee's Knees Cocktail made with meyer lemon juice by Andrew Adams of Adesso Bar.

The Bee’s Knees Cocktail made with meyer lemon juice by Andrew Adams of Adesso Bar.

 

20140630_0003I worked for the San Francisco Chronicle for the first time earlier this month photographing Chef Stephen Barber of Farmstead in St Helena. Barber, who has loved barbecue since he was a boy, shares his tips an a recipe for a spicy rib rub here. YUM! BBQ

Anderson Valley is a three-hour trip from San Francisco and is  known more for its rugged beauty and as a “pot growing paradise”. Who knew it is the new spot for pinot noir? I went out there recently for the Wall Street Journal and photographed rising stars in the pinot world:  Jason and Molly Drew of Drew Family Cellars and Wells Guthrie of Copain Wines. I’m excited to return soon to photograph Jason Drew’s 26 acre vineyard in May. blogcollage