Negroni Week: My Favorite Cocktail Recipes and an Exclusive Etta + Billie Product!

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When I think of ordering a Negroni, my mind is usually telling me it’s time to sit and relax. Take a load off, savor the moment, which is hard to do with a 1-year old baby boy!
The Negroni is the perfect cocktail for these kinds of moods. They’re a bit bitter, strong, and subtly sweet. For one our favorite weeks at Etta + Billie, Negroni Week, I wanted to share some of the most interesting ways you can enjoy this iconic cocktail, where to get them, and also share some exciting E+B news!

Classic Negroni: Junior. Mission, SF

Exterior of Junior in the Mission District of San Francisco

Located just a hop and a skip from my house, Junior is my favorite local spot to sit n’ think for a while with a good, herbaceous Negroni. The interior is beautiful, the colors are contemplative, which makes for the perfect environment. Here are the ingredients for the Classic recipe:

Interior of Junior, located in the Mission District of San Francisco. A full display of the bar.
image from EaterSF

Classic Negroni
1 oz. Gin (my favorite is St. George’s!)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 oz. Campari
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: Rocks Glass
Garnish: Orange Peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Kingston Negroni: Outerlands, Outer Sunset, SF

Interior of Outerlands, a restaurant in the Outer Sunset District of San Francisco.
image from EaterSF

If you take the N-line outbound to the beach, through layers of fog, you’ll find this wonderful gem of a restaurant called Outerlands. Although they’re known for many things (like their amazing grilled cheese!), the bartenders introduced me to the Kingston Negroni, and now it’s my favorite place to get it. Using Jamaican rum instead of gin, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich, spicy combination. Definitely the kind of drink you want to have with a friend, savoring all the flavors of your Negroni and sharing deep conversation. Here are the ingredients for the Kingston Negroni recipe:

A Kingston Negroni on the counter of Outerlands in midday


Kingston Negroni
1 oz. Jamaican rum (my favorite is Smith and Cross!)
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz Campari
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: orange peel
Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

Mezcal Negroni: Hello Stranger, Uptown Oakland

Interior of Oakland's Hello Stranger in the Uptown District. a Large L-shaped bar with cool lighting and plenty of space to move around
image from EaterSF

Across the bridge, Hello Stranger is my favorite Uptown bar for a Negroni. On the weekends this place gets busy, but during the week you can always count on a mellow scene with great music. Honestly, what brought me to this place was word of their original creation: the Hell’s Belles Negroni. With earthy mezcal, herbaceous rosemary (they even torch the rosemary sprig!) this version surprised me in the best way. It’s an experience you must check out if you’re in Oakland. Here are the ingredients for the
Mezcal Negroni:

The Hell's Belles mezcal negroni sitting on the bar at Hello Stranger in Uptown Oakland
image from EaterSF

Hell’s Belles
1 ¼ oz. mezcal (Hello Stranger uses Wahaka espadín)
1 ½ oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa
½ oz. Campari
Tools: barspoon, strainer
Glass: Old Fashioned
Garnish: grapefruit twist, rosemary sprig
Stir all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Twist a piece of grapefruit peel over the drink, then pierce the twist with a rosemary sprig and use as garnish. (Optional: Use a kitchen torch to flame the rosemary sprig until it smokes; extinguish the flame before serving.)

New Etta + Billie product: Negroni Soap!

Etta + Billie Negroni Soap displayed on a table with other bar tools, as well as a hand holding a negroni cocktail

Just in time for Negroni Week, I made a small batch of soap inspired by one of my favorite classic cocktails, the Negroni! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and bitter and a little boozy. Visit our Instagram page for more Negroni Week updates, as well as our website to purchase your favorite new cocktail soap.

Last-Minute V-Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Giant stuffed bears line the grocery store, candied hearts are making eyes at would-be dieters, and love is simply in the air. 

Valentine’s Day is a chance to show someone special that they’re always on your mind. You could go with the expected gift: a two-layer box of mystery chocolates (not knocking it.) Or you could choose to go head over heels with these amazing, albeit non-traditional gifts for Valentine’s Day. 

1. Realistic heart jewelry 

Can an anatomic heart be more pretty in this rose gold setting? This Etsy seller even pairs it with a custom printed gift note. 

2. Cooking Class

This Valentine’s Day, make a 3-course meal with your special one. Many cooking classesfeature specialty chefs from your local area, cocktails, and guided sessions on knife skills and plating. Then enjoy a candle lit dinner. 

3. Citrus Scents

Totally a favorite on a normal day, grapefruit is known to boost confidence and … ahem performance. Wink. Wink. This grapefruit + cardamomscent will also enhance mood and decrease stress so you are kept in the moment.

4. Shadow Box

  Swoon! Fill a shadow box with tokens from your relationship: photos, tickets, notes.

5. Chocolate!!!

Yes! Chocolate! But you can take it beyond sweets, like these fancy hot chocolatecanisters sourced from South America or the Dominican Republic. 

And yes! Etta+Billie has you covered in the chocolate realm too. Every one of our main products has cocoa butter in it (aka the main ingredient in Chocolate). We also use cocoa powder in our Geranium Patchouli Soap (double the chocolate).

Want more information on this chocolatey goodness? Check back next week for our ingredient spotlight on cocoa butter. 

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Him)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for him

For Him:

  1. Harrison Bar Tool Set | Pottery Barn | $69.00
  2. SOMA x Ritual Brew Bottle | Ritual Coffee Roasters | $45.00
  3. Braising Sauce Gift Set | William Sonoma | $39.95
  4. Tasty Ultimate: How to Cook Basically Anything | IndieBound | $29.99
  5. Citrus Gift Set | Etta + Billie | $52.00

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Foodies & Cocktail Lovers (For Her)

Not sure what to get your friends and family this holiday season? Everyone loves a good meal or cocktail! This list is a great place to start for an assortment of gifts for any food and drink lover in your life.

gift guide for foodies and cocktail lovers for her

For Her:

  1. Marble and Brass Single Bottle Wine Cooler | Goop | $68.00
  2. Evergreen Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  3. Red Wine Pairing Collection | Recchiuti | $28.00
  4. Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream Book | Chronicle Books | $19.95
  5. Cocktail Club | Shaker & Spoon | $50.00/month

Fresh This Month: Evergreen Tangerine

The smell of pine and citrus instantly conjures memories of winter holidays, warm meals, and cozy nights. Etta + Billie’s latest line of soaps, room + body spray, and hand + body wash is no exception. Inspired by snowy walks through evergreen forests and tangy season citrus, these products are sure to be showstoppers in your home or make great holidays gifts for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone who like great scents!

etta + billie evergreen tangerine soap

Evergreen Tangerine Soap
Evergreen Tangerine Sea Salt Body Scrub
Evergreen Tangerine Hand + Body Wash
Evergreen Tangerine Room + Body Spray

tangerine gin cocktail© Wendell T. Webber

Can’t get enough of the delectable combination? This cocktail can help bring your favorite evergreen tangerine scents and flavors to any dinner party or happy hour. Simple and delicious!

Ingredients:
10 ounces gin
8 ounces tangerine juice (fresh squeezed is best)
4 ounces simple syrup
8 ounces chilled club soda
Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine gin, tangerine juice, and simple syrup in a large sealable container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 1 hour).
  2. Cover the container, shake, and pour into an ice-filled pitcher.
  3. Strain into individual ice-filled glasses and stir in club soda.

Etta + Billie Events: Winter 2018

Etta + Billie will be busy this November and December with lots of upcoming fairs and events! Whether you’re in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or somewhere in between; you’ll be able to come check us out along with a number of other makers, food vendors, DJs, and more.

Renegade San Francisco

Renegade San Francisco: Since 2008, Renegade SF has been working to bring together Bay Area artists in a fun and creative setting. This year, the event will be taking place on November 10-11 from 11am to 5pm at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. Bring your friends and come shop for handcrafted goods, shake your groove thang to live DJs, learn a new skill at one of the event’s workshops, or visit the various exceptional food trucks when you get hungry. Check out E+B at booth #114!

Details
Renegade San Francisco
November 10-11 from 11am-5pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft: This winter’s WCC is taking place on November 17-18 from 10am to 6pm at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Located on the scenic SF waterfront, this free event brings together artists, makers, and other craftspeople to showcase their work. Come to browse, shop, and spend the day viewing unique work (and don’t forget to visit the E+B booth #G29)!

Details
West Coast Craft
November 17-18 from 10am-6pm
2 Marina Blvd #260, San Francisco, CA 94123

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop

Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop: Have you ever wished your favorite online holiday gift guide suddenly became a shop for you to do all your holiday shopping in one place? Bob Cut, a local lifestyle magazine, is making your wish come true by bringing you a real life pop-up version of their holiday gift guide! Showcasing 10 artists, craftspeople, and makers; this pop-up shop will provide you with a great opportunity to buy unique gifts for loved one, get to learn more about who made them, and learn a bit about the shops.

Details
Bob Cut Holiday Gift Pop Up Shop
December 7-16 from 11am-6:30pm
1306 12th Ave. San Francisco, CA 94122

Renegade Los Angeles

Renegade Los Angeles: Etta + Billie will also be part of a group booth at this year’s Renegade LA, sponsored by Madewell, called Hometown Heroes. Renegade has been hosting fairs in LA since 2009, and this year’s event is gearing up to be a fantastic display of makers, shakers, foodies, and more! Come check it out on December 8-9 from 11am to 5pm at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

Details
Renegade Los Angeles
December 8-9 from 11am-5pm
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Heath Make Food Market

Heath Make Good Market: The second annual Make Good Market, taking place at the Heath Ceramics Tile Factory, is a celebration of people, places, processes, and makers displaying their craft. Full of interactive crafts, food, and other fun; you’ll be sure to want to visit this event on December 8-9.

Details
Heath Make Good Market
December 8-9 from 10am-5pm (10am-3pm on Sunday)
2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

SFMade Holiday Gift Fair

SFMade Holiday Fair: This fair—at the California College of the Arts on December 16 from 11am to 5pm—is a great opportunity to get all your holiday shopping done and even buy a few things for yourself! With over 50 vendors, this event is your one-stop-shop for gourmet food, wine, jewelry, handbags, housewares, body care products, apparel, toys, holiday decorations, and more.

Details
SFMade Holiday Fair
December 16 from 11am-5pm
The Nave, 1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco CA 94107

Etta + Billie Crew: Alana

Since the Etta + Billie’s launch in 2009, the company has focused on creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products. Stemming from a love for brewing up apothecary products and an emphasis on aromatic and enjoyable foods, Etta + Billie’s crew helps create amazing products that blend a love of good food and the believe in the attitude-changing power of a fantastic shower!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at our founder: Alana!

Etta + Billie Crew Alana

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was obsessed with Indiana Jones and was sure that I wanted to be an archeologist so I could go on all sorts of treasure hunting adventures. Once I found out that most archeologists spend less time “adventuring” and more time writing I decided it wasn’t the job for me after all.

As a new mother, how do you balance everything without getting overwhelmed?
Great question. I have no idea! HA! The best piece of advice I have has come from an E+B retailer. Esther of Gifted in Fort Worth recommended trying to be fully present when I’m with my little guy and fully present when I’m at work. So far that has at least helped me get through each day and feel good about what I’ve accomplished.

If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would definitely fly! I think it would be so freeing to just take off whenever and soar above the clouds, cityscapes, and forests. Plus I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic!

Fried Chicken

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is soooo hard because it’s a toss-up between enchiladas and fried chicken!

What’s your favorite cocktail?
My all-time favorite cocktail is an extra dirty martini.

Which E+B product do you find most essential?
The bar soap! I don’t know what I’d do without it. My favorite scent tends to change but I gravitate toward the citrus or spice notes.

Etta + Billie Citrus Poppy Soap

Etta + Billie Events: SF Made Week!

Etta Billie SF Made Week City Hall Pop Up

Etta + Billie is taking a break from Summer events this year so we are packing them in for SF Made Week! You can shop local maker goods just in time for Mother’s Day. 😉

SF Made City Hall Pop Up
Tuesday, May 8th | 11am – 6pm
San Francisco City Hall

Shop limited edition Spring/Summer goods and special gift sets!

Aplat Open Studio + Special Guest Demos + Factory  Sample Sale
Wednesday, May 9th |  4pm – 8pm
Yosemite Place – 1777 Yosemite Ave SF 

Special guest speakers: Blisshaus – how to live a zero waste lifestyle + Zai Divecha – the art of folding origami

Shop Mother’s Day Aplat Gift Bundles filled with: 
Etta+Billie and Recchiuti Confections and Good Eggs

Happy 9th Business Birthday Etta + Billie! Part 3

Ette + Billie Happy Birthday

It’s the last installment of this birthday blog series! Here’s a look at the last three years, which have been some of the most intense but also most exciting at E+B. Missed the early years? You can read all about those here and here.

I am always striving to do things better, add more products that our customers want, and create a  connected community of E+B fans so I’d love to hear your thoughts! Got a product you’d love for us to make? Ideas about how you’d like to see your shipments come to you? I want to know about it. Please share your thoughts here.

BIGGER AND BETTER!

2015

My first speaking engagement! Shared all my tips for creating collaborations with other business owners on Indie Cruise!
E+B Indie Cruise 2015

Our first appearance in VOGUE! Including a very youthful looking headshot of me.

A full-page spread featuring me making soap in the E+B studio in the San Francisco Chronicle as part of a piece on local makers

Kiva Zip Campaign was a huge success and my community helped me raise $5,000 in 8 days! Amazing.

2016

First out of state Trade Show – Axis at Capsule in NYC.

Etta + Billie at Axis by Capsule in NYC

Launched an amazing collaboration with Heath Ceramics!

photo by Jeffery Cross.

Realized a long time business goal by offering health insurance to my employees.

Etta + Billie offers health insurance to employees

First Appearance on TV! I represented assorted small businesses as part of a KTVU segment on shopping small for the holidays.

E+B First TV Appearance KTVU

Donated over $1700 in three months to various charities as part of our Move Forward campaign.

Launched our first new product in 3 years – the liquid soap!

2017

Add the third employee to our team and 2 summer interns!  We are packed like sardines in my 750 sq ft studio.

Etta + Billie is super packed!

First attendance of the biggest gift show in the country –  NY NOW with creative collective Join Design.

E+B at NY Now with Join Design

Worked with Woods Beer Co on one of my favorite collaborations, they came to the studio and made soap and we went to the brewery and made beer!

Etta + Billie Woods Beer Co Collab

Donated over $3000 to charity as part of our philanthropic efforts.

Launched our room + body sprays!

Etta + Billie Room + Body Sprays Launch

Now!

2018

What’s happening this year? Well, we added an additional 1100 sq ft of studio space so we have plenty of room for some new E+B goodies! Stay tuned!

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