Best Cocktails: Most delightfully unexpected restaurant cocktails

Speisekammer

Alameda isn’t exactly bustling with attractions for non-Alamedans, and locals in the sleepy suburban town are fine with that. Visitors generally know where they’re headed and what they’ll find. Same goes for one of the town’s most popular restaurants, Speisekammer — which bills itself as “A German take on Alameda” rather than the other way around. Patrons come for the authentic German food and one of the best beer lists in the area; live music and an outdoor beer garden are a nice bonus. But what most first-timers may not expect is a killer selection of distinctly American cocktails that can perfectly complement a hearty German meal. Sweet, strong, and sizable, Speisekammer’s signature drinks, all containing at least two top-shelf liqueurs, represent a point of pride at this chic establishment. Favorites like the Pom Cosmo and popular raspberry mojito employ fresh fruit juice, while the rich German Chancellor rules with German brandy and ubersweet Rumplemintz. Other highlights include the apple martini and the staff-favorite Cafetini. Speisekammer’s bar can concoct anything you want, but the fifteen treats on its cocktail list are more than sufficient.

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