What's Shaking 2

A collection of craft cocktails from Paragary Restaurant Group

To help you get ready for the holidays, we’ve gathered up a few drink recipes from some of our favorite restaurants in town. The next time you’re entertaining at home, impress your friends with one of these craft cocktails!

Pepina Fresca – Centro Cocina Mexicana

This cocktail is called Pepina Fresca from Centro Cocina Mexicana, located at 2730 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Phone 916.442.2552 or visit CentroCocina.com to learn more about the modern Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails offered at this popular midtown restaurant.


1.5 ounce silver tequila
1 ounce jalapeno simple syrup (1:1 water and sugar and 5 diced jalapenos over the stove; strain the jalapenos and just use the syrup)
1 lime
8 cucumber chunks (1/4 to 1/2 of a cucumber chopped)


Shake all ingredients together.
Pour into a collins class.
Top with soda water.
Garnish with a jalapeno slice.

Basil Cooler – Berkley Bar

Enter the Basil Cooler cocktail from Berkley Bar, located at 515 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento, CA 95825. Phone 916.922.2870 or visit BerkleyBar.com. This refreshing concoction, made with fresh squeezed and locally sourced ingredients, is sure to hit the spot. Cheers!


1.5 oz. Gin

.75 oz. Simple Syrup (1 part sugar:1 part water)

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

.75 oz. Grapefruit Juice

7 Basil Leaves


Add all ingredients to shaker and shake VIGOROUSLY. (We’re waking up the baby, not lulling it to sleep.)

Double strain (Hawthorne strainer & fine mesh strainer) into a tall collins/chimney glass filled with ice.

Top with soda water to 1/2 inch from the top.

Garnish with Twisted Grapefruit Peel (twist grapefruit peel over the top of the drink to express the oils on the surface, rub skin of grapefruit peel on rim of glass) & 1 large BEAUTIFUL (unblemished) basil leaf (be sure to spank (or rub) the basil to express the aromatic oils).

The Stag Savior – Paragary’s in Midtown

This cocktail is called “The Stag Savior” and is an award winning cocktail available only at Paragary’s at 1401 28th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Phone 916.457.5737 or visit ParagarysMidtown.com. Baron Stelling recently created this refreshing concoction when he competed (and took 1st place) in the National Restaurant Association “Star of the Bar” competition.


½ oz. gin (recommended brand: No. 209)

1½ oz. Jagermeister

½ oz. apricot liquer (recommended brand: Luxardo)

¾ oz. fresh lime juice

½ oz. aromatic bitters (recommended brand: Angostura)

½ oz. Absinthe

½ oz. Grenadine


Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

Strain into a double old-fashioned glass with fresh ice.

Garnish with a lime wheel.