Storytelling is at the heart of cocktailing and with CHILLED’s next installment of Mixing with NOLET’S Silver Gin, we again tap into the CHILLED 100 influencer network to connect the past and the present but with an eye to the future. Mixologists have embraced gin cocktails as the Wave of the Future and NOLET’S Silver Gin embodies a spirit that’s capable of producing legendary drinks.
In the third of a 5-part series, one of San Diego’s most accomplished mixologists and a seasoned member of the CHILLED 100, brings a mariner’s tale to life inside a glass. Simple to mix yet brimming with complex flavors, this refreshing cocktail will be savored by one and all while watching the sun dip into the Pacific Ocean.
By Chad Berkey
“This simple, fun to make cocktail was inspired by the beautiful Southern California coastline and the Pacific Ocean. The siren call of the Sea Witch will lure you in and pique your senses. Vibrant colors of mint and raspberry red immediately attract the eye and the nose will tingle from the sparkling bubbles and tantalizing aromas of raspberry, peach, mint and rose. With just one sip this cocktail will have you under its spell. Fresh, clean and delicious … it’s time to answer the call of the NOLET’S Sea Witch!”
- 1 1/2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. St. Germain
Preparation: In a cocktail shaker or mixing glass muddle 3 mint leaves and 2 raspberries. Add ice and all ingredients then shake and pour into a Collins glass. Top with sparkling water. Garnish with mint and raspberries.
Meet Chad Berkey
Chilled 100 Member, San Diego
Chad Berkey’s experience is vast and varied. He’s worked in all facets of the bar and restaurant industry over a career spanning 28 years and is recognized as one of San Diego’s top mixologists. He currently manages and bartends at one of the city’s most established bars, The Aero Club, which boasts a selection of over 1100 whiskeys! It has received numerous accolades, most recently being named Maxim’s Bar of the Month, and was also featured in the New York Times segment 36 Hours.
Chad has a pending Guinness World Record for pouring the most cocktails at one time. He has been featured on The Food Network, Tonight in San Diego, San Diego Living, The CW Channel 6, Bucket List Bars and America’s Dining and Travel Show. He is the author of The North American Whiskey Guide from Behind the Bar and is a national mixologist for Libbey Glassware.
Chad is the proud co-inventor/creator of the Tin Play Innovative Bar Ware System. The revolutionary multi-tools system raises the bar when it comes to crafting cocktails with efficacy and consistency, making it simple for even beginners to perform once complicated trick/flair pours with ease.