Common Ground Spirits June Blog 2023

Happy Pride, Friends!

June is pride month, and we want to wish our friends in the LGBTQIA community and all the allies out there a joyful and fun-filled month of festivities!

We’ve rustled up a fabulous brunch cocktail for your next gathering, a gin bloody mary with a touch of pickle brine and chili crisp to wake up your palate, and a splash of club soda from our friends at Q Mixers for a gentle, summery fizz. The chili crisp accentuates the mary mix with underpinnings of savory soy, garlic, and piquant chili oil, while straining the mixture before adding club soda creates a lighter, more delicate concoction than your typical mary.

Feel free to whip up your marys from scratch by subbing tomato juice for the bloody mary mix, or make your life easy by purchasing a good bloody mary mix—you’ll have a killer cocktail either way! If you go the tomato juice route, you’ll want to punch it up by adding horseradish, black pepper, and a little salt to the blender.


Chili Crisp Bloody Mary

Serves 2


2 oz Common Ground Spirits Gin Recipe 02 (black currant & thyme)

6 oz bloody mary mix or tomato juice

½ oz lemon juice

1 ½ tsp pickle brine

½ tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp chili crisp

1 celery stalk

Q Mixers club soda

dill pickles or cornichons for garnish

Pickled onion for garnish

olives for garnish 

lemon wedge for garnish


Add all of the ingredients to a blender except the club soda and garnishes. Blend well, then strain mixture into two ice-filled glasses, top with club soda (about 2 oz per glass or to taste), and stir each glass briefly to incorporate the soda. Garnish as you wish and enjoy!

Join Us at the Black Food & Wine Experience on June 17th!

We’ll be sampling our gins and chopping it up at the Black Food & Wine Experience in Oakland on June 17th, and we hope to see you there! Check out this blurb below from the official BF&W website and be sure to snag tickets while they last! 

“The Black Food & Wine Experience returns to Oakland June 11-18, 2023. Founded by Chef Mimi, its mission is to provide a space where hospitality and Black excellence are cultivated, celebrated, and explored by all. The 2023 Experience will celebrate Juneteenth, a federal holiday that commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the U.S., as well as the reemergence of Black Wall Street with a focus on post-pandemic recovery for Black hospitality professionals.”


We can’t wait to see you there!


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