Best Fall Drinks On The Peninsula

October 9, 2013 5:00 AM

Fall signals colder weather ahead, and nothing helps you warm up like traditional fall drink favorites. Restaurants and bars often introduce house drink specialties too, and one can easily become a personal best. Here are five favorite Peninsula spots to find the best fall drinks this season.

la costanera Best Fall Drinks On The Peninsula

La_Costanera Restaurant (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

La Costanera Restaurant
8150 Cabrillo Highway
Montara Beach, CA 94038
(650) 728-1600

La Costanera is a beautiful destination restaurant serving Peruvian cuisine. As the location experiences a bit of late summer on the coast side, La Costanera has several signature cocktails that guests enjoy while sitting on the terrace around one of its fire pits, or enjoying its Michelin-starred dinner in the restaurant’s formal dining room. Being a contemporary Peruvian restaurant, naturally the Pisco Sour and Pisco punch are ordered frequently. One other beverage very popular here is the Mango Mojito, made in the La Costanera style. The Pisco Sour is made with pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg whites and ice, then blended and served with fresh ground cinnamon on top. The Pisco Punch is made with pisco, fresh pineapple juice, gomme syrup, lemon juice, distilled water and served over ice. The Mango Mojito is made with rum, fresh mango puree, mint, lime juice, simple syrup and soda water on ice. In addition to these guest favorites, La Costanera has a signature cocktail list with about 15 different offerings, so there is definitely something for everyone. One more drink worth mentioning is the Sirens Of The Sea made with tequila, cilantro-mint syrup, fresh lime juice and ginger beer, and served over ice with a sugar and jalapeno-salt rim.

bh Best Fall Drinks On The Peninsula

Barrelhouse Bar (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

Barrelhouse Bar
305 California Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-8642

Barrelhouse Bar is a welcoming spot in downtown Burlingame known for its selection of craft beers, good wines and friendly bartenders. The citified atmosphere is a crowd pleaser in a quiet neighborhood. The cozy outdoor patio and several HD TVs around the bar, if you are there to watch a game, add to the relaxing ambiance. Barrelhouse Bar offers several fall specialty drinks, and here is the lineup: Grasshopper with Tempus Fugit Creme De Menthe, Tempus Fugit Creme De Cacao and half and half; Greenwich Sour with Four Roses Bourbon, egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup and Malbec; the classic favorite, Irish Coffee, made with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, sugar cubes, coffee and housemade whipped cream; and Hot Toddy with Four Roses Bourbon, Canton Ginger Liqueur, honey water, lemon juice, Angostura Orange Bitters and a dash of cinnamon. Take your pick, all are $11.

Café Venetia
419 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 323-3600

Café Venetia is passionate about bringing the best northern Italian coffee drinking experience to its U.S. friends. But the Café fans are equally passionate about how much they love the hot chocolate here, offered in three versions equalling levels of thickness: a milk-based hot chocolate, thicker hot chocolate with spice and the thickest mousse-based hot chocolate with espresso, so thick you can eat it with a spoon. The pastry selection includes various croissants, biscotti, tarts, cookies and cakes, including tiramisu. The atmosphere is soft, cozy and comfortable to chat with friends.

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Martins West Gastropub
831 Main Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 366-4366

A classic pub and restaurant, Martins West is a popular spot with a changing dinner menu and a late-night menu Thursday to Saturday. The gastropub has extensive “grub & grog” choices that can satisfy from a light snack to a full meal, plus a selection of fall drinks to warm up with. A varied seasonal drink list is available to view on the website, which includes seasonal beers and ales. Visit the website for detailed information.

First and Main Sports Lounge
397 Main Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 949-1380

First and Main Sports Lounge in beautified downtown Los Altos is a bustling spot with a full restaurant menu, a great bar, weekday happy hours and is family friendly. What more could you ask for? Since you asked, the place has a notable selection of fall drinks and popular cocktails to entice you and your friends in for a while. Order a classic Cosmo with cranberry juice, a fall season choice. Or go with cooler weather and holiday drinks like a top-notch Hot Toddy made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, a touch of Grand Marnier and a squeeze of lime or a beloved Irish Coffee, made with fresh coffee and Jameson, topped with whipped cream. These hot seasonal favorites are $8.50. First and Main is a true sports bar at heart serving high-quality American cuisine.

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Melanie Graysmith is a writer, artist and educator based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. She is also a member of an independent filmmaking group. Her work can be found at