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.

Nolet's Silver Tonic, bottle and cocktails on silver tray

NOLET’S Silver Gin & Tonic

In the fourth of a 5-part series, one of San Francisco’s most imaginative mixologists, updates a British classic with a California spin. The recent royal wedding may have sparked his curiosity and inspired him to re-invent a cocktail that’s perfect for a long weekend brunch.

ABC ... 123 cocktail and bottle with garnishes

ABC … 123

Photo by Morgan Brown & Maxim Gerasimenko

ABC … 123

By OZ Serafin

“ABC … 123 is a riff on the classic Pimm’s Cup, taking the beautiful spirit of NOLET’S Silver Gin, with its rose and peach botanicals, as a great base for this all-time favorite. This low ABV cocktail is an easy-sipping and refreshing drink. My inspiration for it was to take the classic and reinvent it, for a sunny California day.”

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Carpano Bianco
  • 1/2 oz. Carpano Antica
  • 1/4 oz. Punt e Mes
  • 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Strawberry & Cucumber Syrup*
  • 1 oz. Soda Water

Preparation: This is a straight build cocktail. Pour all ingredients into a Collins glass and top with crushed ice to the top. Garnish with a cucumber roll and strawberry.

*Strawberry & Cucumber Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Strawberries Quartered
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber Quartered
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Water

Preparation: Place strawberries and cucumbers in a heat-proof bowl. In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the hot syrup over the strawberries and cucumbers and let sit for six hours, stirring occasionally. Strain into a clean jar, cover and keep refrigerated for up to one week.


Meet OZ Serafin

Chilled 100 Member, San Francisco

Born and raised in Los Angeles, OZ first began bartending at Belasco, one of the largest nightclubs in LA. He helped open this giant of a venue and it’s where his passion for bartending grew, as he learned speed and developed his technique. OZ believes in providing great service, knowing the products, and making great tasting balanced drinks. His advice is to stay humble, meet people and show them a fun time while not taking yourself too seriously. OZ is now the Bar Manager at Jack Rose Libation House in Los Gatos, California.

OZ Serafin, Chilled 100 Member, San Francisco

OZ Serafin, Chilled 100 Member, San Francisco