River City Saloon is best known for its Sacramento’s best bloody marys, tellingly burnished on the sign above you as you enter the premises as Sacramento’s settlers have been since 1871. But don’t think there isn’t a tropical drink for you as well, especially on one of the city’s sweltering hot summer days when River City Saloon’s popular Sex on the Beach, Fruit Loop Cereal, Sacramento Sunset and Apple Pie are just the salve. Note you will not find Sex on the Beach in the drink menu — it has been a long-kept secret amongst jet setters worldwide who simply know to come in and ask. And yes, as the painted promotions on the glass window say, the genuine Sarsparella really is only 25 cents!
Bar Owner Sean Derfield 
River City Saloon
916 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-6852
www.therivercitysaloon.com

Sean Derfield re-opened the former Earl Gray Tea Manor as the River City Saloon in 2009. The announcement was marked with ‘wanted: new clientele” signs. To continue to attract the newcomers, free pool is offered on Wednesdays with $6.00 PB&J’s, and Thursdays are open jam nights with live music beginning at 9:00 p.m. Join the song birds for karaoke every Friday and Saturday evening starting at 10:00 p.m., with no cover. Singers are escorted out until as late as 1:30 a.m.

It is just the place to visit to unwind, have some fun and enjoy a nice summer evening. But the drinks, as named below, say it best.

Sex On The Beach

Ingredients:

  •  1 ¼ oz vodka
  •   ¾ oz peach schnapps
  •  Equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice
  •  A squeeze of a ½ oz of fresh lime
  •  dash of grenadine

Directions:

  1.  Fill over ice in a 10 oz. shaker.
  2.  Stir and shake vigorously.
  3.  Pour entire drink into 10oz. rock glass or tumbler
  4.  I’ll have what she’s having.
Fruit Loop Cereal

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 oz Three Olives Loopy Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 oz sweet and sour

Directions:

  1. Fill glass of ice with Sprite.
  2. Splash top with cranberry juice.
  3. Garnish with lime and cherry.
  4. Slather it down and rumba!

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Sacramento Sunset

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
  • 1/2 oz peach puree or peach schnapps
  •  Equal parts orange juice and pineapple juice
  •  A squeeze of a 1/2 of fresh lime

Directions:

  1.  Dash of grenadine
  2.  Garnish with a lime and cherry.
  3.  Sit back and enjoy.
Fire Ball Whisky Warm Apple Pie

Ingredients:

  • Three count Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • Two count Apple Puckers
  • Top with Cranberry Juice

Directions:

  1. Take your High Ball Glass and fill it with ice.
  2. Next, fill the glass with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey to a long 3 count.
  3. Next, an apple pucker in one-two counts not to overpower the entire drink.
  4. Top it off with cranberry juice.
  5. Dip in the stir stick and give it a whirl.
  6. You can also fill the ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and fill the glass of ice you began with.
  7. Enjoy responsibly.

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Karen Hansen M.S. Earth Sciences, has been writing about earth and the environmental sciences for Examiner.com since May of 2010 in addition to having been an educator and consultant who has facilitated over 200 courses for a private university. Karen loves to learn and write about clean disruptive technology and policies and the people on the planet too. She lives and works in Sacramento, CA. You can find her work at SF Solar Energy Examiner, SF Environmental News Examiner and Environmental News Examiner