Magdalena // Jason O’Bryan // Kettner Exchange, San Diego

magdalena gin craft cocktail recipe by jason o'bryan
Oh this drink. This drink is what a WooGirl drinks when she starts to grow up and realizes life isn’t always mojitos and mules. If you aren’t aware of what a Woo Girl is, try going to any bar on a Saturday night and look for the group of (usually) females (most likely on a bachelorette party) who scream every time they take a shot of something pink. Still can’t find one? Try looking for the bartender who is trying very hard to explain to a patron that, “No, we don’t do mules. We can make a Moscow Mule, but doing mules is strictly prohibited.” Regardless of age, race, gender, etc., the person not understanding the thinly veiled grammar-related joke is undoubtedly a WooGirl. But we’re getting off topic… This cocktail comes at us courtesy of our contributor Mr. Jason O’Bryan (@jobryan1206 instagram) from and the beautiful Kettner Exchange, San Diego. This bubbly little glass of happiness takes some pretty classic pairings and gives it just a little twist.

In case you’ve never had a Snapple in your life, you’re just going to have to trust us when we say strawberries and lemon juice get along famously. You know what else gets along with those two things? You guessed it- ginger. You’re really smart. The two money moves by O’Bryan on this drink are A) using gin instead of vodka and B) the Lambrusco. First off, his use of gin adds complexity and herbal notes that vodka lacks. Secondly, the Lambrusco gives the cocktail a balsamic note that adds not only depth on the palate, but (nerd alert!) scientifically speaking, it adds quafability (Yes, we made that word up. Leave us alone.). Don’t believe us? Just read our post about shrub and the science in your saliva. Oh, in case you were wondering- Lambrusco is a slightly sweet, slightly dry, sparkling Italian wine. Kind of a strange bedfellow-pairing of pinot noir and prosecco. Sorta like a grown up WooGirl. The Lambrusco itself isn’t “sparkling” enough, so finishing the cocktail off with a splash of soda just really sets the whole thing apart. O’Bryan says, “It’s just stupid delicious.” Translation: “Woooooo!”

1.5 oz Strawberry-infused Beefeater Gin
0.75 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz Stirrings ginger syrup
0.5 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz Medici Emerte Dolci Lambrusco
1.5 oz soda

Add your gin, lemon, simple, and ginger syrup to your shaker, add ice, and give it your best Carmen Miranda (that’s a shaking joke). Strain it out over some new ice in a collins glass and top with the soda and the Wine. Garnish with a lemon. Reminisce about your old sorority.

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