Rooftop cocktails – Rex Hotel

Planter's Punch - Rex Hotel
Planter’s Punch: Bacardi light rhum, triple sec, lemon juice, pineapple juice, soda. 220,000 VND
Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

So this was probably the most we spent for cocktails while in Vietnam. We really wanted to check out the rooftop bar though (and get out of the scorching heat). The Rex hotel is historic and it was quite relaxing up on the roof so I really didn’t mind too much about spending a little more for drinks here. My Planter’s Punch tasted pretty weak and not as sweet and vibrantly colored as those you would find on a Caribbean island.

Gin and tonic - Rex Hotel
Gin and tonic. 240,000 VND

Salted peanuts - Rex Hotel
Salted peanuts.

Table centerpiece - Rex Hotel
Table centerpiece.

Rex Hotel rooftop view
View from the Rex Hotel rooftop.


The Big Unit cocktail – Hi Tops

The Big Unit cocktail - Hi Tops

Tito’s tequila, lemon, elderflower, champagne. $10
Hi Tops, San Francisco CA

Meh, I’m kinda tired of the specialty cocktails at Hi Tops. The ingredients usually sound great, but somehow the actual cocktails are usually a letdown. This cocktail was too tart and had no body, ugh!

Bike rack sidewalk stencil
Bike rack sidewalk stencil, The Mission.

Cocktails 2 – Beretta

Lone Wolf cocktail - Beretta
Lone Wolf – bourbon, lemon, averna, gomme, cardamom. $10
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Mmm, the cocktails at Beretta are usually very tasty. BUT our first cocktail, however, took forever to come out. I don’t know if the waitress forgot to ring it up or they lost the ticket, but she eventually came over to apologize for the long delay. Not a good way to start a meal. I hate poor timing!

Improved Whiskey Cocktail - Beretta
Improved Whiskey Cocktail – rye, dubonnet, maraschino, absinthe. $11

Vamos Gigantes Mural
The “Vamos Gigantes” Mural, The Mission. Taking pride in the San Francisco Giants baseball team!

Cocktails – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Huggo's Ali'i Mai Tai - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Ali’i Mai Tai: 10 Cane rum, Lemon Hart 151, pineapple juice, exotic liqueurs with a Gosling’s dark rum float. $11
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Vacation is relaxing outside, taking in some rays, and sipping on sweet, girly tropical drinks. Lol! I think we accomplished that in Hawaii. This mai tai was a little on the “too” sweet side, and the margarita was super weak and a bit bland. Oh well, can’t win em all…

Huggo's Famous Back Bar Margarita - Huggo's on the Rocks

Huggo’s Famous Back Bar Margarita: premium tequila, grand marnier, lemon and lime juices with a splash of orange juice. $11

Bird of paradise flowers
Bird of paradise flowers (Strelitzia reginae, Strelitziaceae), KOA airport.

Pimm’s drink cocktail – Chambers Eat + Drink

Pimm's drink cocktail - Chambers Eat + Drink

Pimm’s, gin, lemon, mint, cucumber. $11
Chambers Eat and Drink, San Francisco CA

I was already buzzed when I took this pic so I can’t recall 100% how the cocktail was, lol! I think it was a little on the sour side though. 🙂

Classic red car
Classic red car, 24th Street. I don’t know my cars, but this one caught my eye. It also had SF 49ers flags attached to its windows. Cool!

Peach Blanket Barbecue cocktail – 15 Romolo

Peach Blanket Barbecue cocktail - 15 Romolo

“You can ants if you want to, you can leave your pants behind.” Laphroaig quarter cask, peach liqueur, lemon, amaro ciaciaro, maple, cayenne, pilsner. $10
15 Romolo, San Francisco CA

For those of you who aren’t familiar with San Francisco, the name of this cocktail is a play on a local variety stage show called Beach Blanket Babylon. All the ingredients sounded great, but I wasn’t too impressed. It tasted a bit bland to me. 😦

San Francisco Federal Building courtyard
San Francisco Federal Building courtyard before sunrise, 7th Street. I was waiting for a bus way too early in the morning, lol!

Starbelly 75 cocktail – Starbelly

Starbelly 75 cocktail - Starbelly

Cocchi Americano apertivo, ginger, fresh lemon juice, prosecco. $8
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I loved the beautiful pale pink/peach color of this cocktail. The ginger flavor was subtle, but a great addition to this lovely brunch drink.

Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. We are kinda spoiled with breathtaking views here in the Bay Area! 🙂

Sparkly Goat cocktail – McCrady’s Restaurant

Sparkly Goat cocktail - McCrady's Restaurant

La Bubbly sparkling wine, Peychaud’s bitters, sugared lemon. $8
McCrady’s Restaurant, Charleston SC

This restaurant was recommended by a friend, so I arrived for an early dinner expecting great service and delicious food. I can tell you right now, that I received both! This cocktail was a great way to start off my meal. It was bright and refreshing tasting and had a beautiful peach-pink color.

Bar area - McCrady's Restaurant

The restaurant had just opened so I choose a table facing the bar so that I could people-watch as my meal progressed. The bar was quite tall, extending up to the open second floor and appeared cozy and warm from all the rich woods and leather.

Casa Rita margarita – Cantina Loredo

Casa Rita margarita - Cantina Loredo

Signature margarita is a premium blend of Giro Silver Tequila by Sauza, Cointreau orange liqueur, and fresh squeezed lemon and lime juices, salted rim. $9.05
Cantina Loredo, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

This margarita tasted great, but I wish they gave you more of it! The glass is thick and heavy, but there’s not much volume. I guess I can’t complain too much for an airport cocktail that’s less than ten bucks.

Cocktails – The Bar at Husk

Swizzle cocktail - The Bar at Husk

Swizzle – The drink of choice at the world’s first cocktail party in London circa 1924. Cruzan light rum falernum, lime juice, and bitters “swizzled” over hand chipped ice. $8

Lil' Bit cocktail - The Bar at Husk

Lil’ Bit – A lil’ of this and a lil’ of that go a long way. Johnny Drum bourbon, Jack Rudy, orange juice, grapefruit bitters, lemon and lime. $13
The Bar at Husk, Charleston SC

The Swizzle was OK. I wasn’t crazy about the taste and was SO disappointed that the “chipped ice” became full on ice cubes. I’ve never had a swizzle cocktail that didn’t have at least crushed ice. I liked the Lil’ Bit cocktail better. It had a bolder flavor and went down smoothly.

Ripley Point Marina
Ripley Point Marina. On my third trip to Charleston, I stayed at a hotel in Ripley Point with a great view of the Ashley River and this marina.