Behind The Bar

During the eighteenth century, Rum became England's most popular spirit. As Rum was brought back from the new colonies, the British realized its inherent appeal and ability to be mixed into fantastic concoctions known as punch. By the end of the century, in almost every living room, inn or pub, a punch bowl appeared. Thus blossomed "Punch Houses." They were relaxing environments, plentiful of couches, colors and Victorian flair.

It is from this environment that Hobson's Choice draws its influence.

See our classic cocktails listed below, or click on the appropriate month to check out our special featured concoctions! (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December)

House Punch and Victorian Punch
Our signature punches have many a fan. The House punch is a blend of Silver Rum, Mango, Orange and Pineapple Juices while the Victorian punch is a Silver, Coconut, and Pineapple Rums blended with a Cranberry-Pineapple base. Try them alone or mixed, they pack a punch!

Bermuda Triangle
Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, Peach Schnapps, fresh squeezed orange juice and a hint of nutmeg- So good it vanishes!

Cachaca, lime wedges and sugar served over ice. A legendary Brazilian pick-me-up!

Hobson's kickstarted this Caribbean cocktail craze in San Francisco; fresh picked mint, sugar, and lime juice muddled together, add ice, Bacardi Limon with a splash of soda- you've got a classic in your hand!

Bahama Mama
Malibu Rum, Kahlua, pineapple juice and sweet & sour The drink Mama warned you about.

Mai Tai
Castillo (Puerto Rican) Rum, Mt. Gay (Barbados) Rum and Myers' (Jamaican) Rum, fresh orange and pineapple juices Amaretto and Kahana Macadamia Nut Liqueur A Hawaiian favorite?!

Flor de Cana Light Rum, Hana Bay Gold Rum and Whalers Dark Rum, with lemon, lime and pineapple juices More than two and you may become one!

Infused Rum
Concocted monthly, expect a flavor party in your mouth!

Between the Sheets
A classic, made with Silver Rum, Brandy, Triple Sec, sweet & sour and a sugared rim. With a name like that, it's gotta be good!

Planter's Punch
Coruba Dark Jamaican Rum, fresh orange juice, lemon juice and grenadine 1 part sour, 2 parts sweet, 3 parts strong and 4 parts weak.

Barbados Punch
Bacardi Spice Rum, Triple Sec, lime and pineapple juices, topped off with Parrot Bay Rum Escape to the tropics without leaving the City.

Hobson's Choice offers thirteen beers on tap from local ales to international lagers, we rotate our beers seasonally. We also feature over 20 beers by the bottle; domestic, imports, Belgian and seasonals. For the grape lovers, we carry wines and champagnes from nearby Napa Valley, California.

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Spice Girl
Tell us that you want, that you really, really want a Cock & Bull Ginger Beer and Bacardi Spice Rum.

Between the Sheets
A classic, made with Silver Rum, Brandy, Triple Sec, sweet & sour and a sugared rim. With a name like that, it's gotta be good!

Cupid's Cocktail
Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine, passion fruit juice and a touch of brandy will add a twinkle to your eyes!

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Wild Orchid
Vodka, Cranberry and Pineapple juices topped with a floater of Parrot Bay Rum. What's Valentine's Day without flowers?

Sex in the Snow
Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry and Orange juices and a touch of crème de Cacao. Even more fun than the beach!

Menage a Trois!
Sample once ounce each of Gosling's Black Seal Rum (Bermuda), Flor de Cana Dark (Nicaragua), and Whaler's Dark (Hawaii).

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Melon Drop
Cruzan Premium Light Rum, Melon Liqueur and lime juice with a sugared rim.

Girl Scout Cookie
Its that time of year! Green Crème de Menthe, Vodka, Crème de Cacao, shaken with milk and topped with a Thin Mint!

Crocodile Dundee
Enjoy a full 16 oz. of Absolut Vodka, Melon Liqueur and citrus flavors.

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Let it rain with Cruzan 120 Proof Rum, Melon Liqueur, and fresh orange juice.

Nelson's Blood
This concoction of Pusser's Navy Rum, cranberry, pineapple and fresh orange juice is to die for!

Carribean Cosmo
Update the old favorite with Cruzan Premium Orange Rum, cranberry and lime juice.

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Citrus Drop
Enjoy the citrusy flavors of Cruzan Junkanu shaken with lemon juice and sugar, served up with a sugared rim.

The Kitchen Sink
Cruzan Premium Banana, Coconut, Orange AND Pineapple Rums with orange, pineapple, lemon, lime, and cranberry juices, with a splash of Myer's Dark rum.

Mint Julep
Its off to the races with Kentucky Bourbon, fresh mint, and simple syrup served over ice.

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Raspberry Tea
Just in time for summer Cruzan Premium Light Rum, Vodka, Tequila, Gin, Raspberry Liquer and sweet & sour.

Florida Tea
Sometimes... less is more. Mount Gay Rum and tonic, with a lime.

Purple Haze
Ketel One vodka, Chambord, sweet & sour and cranberry juice.

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Blue Hawaiian
Cruzan Premium Coconut Rum, Myer's Rum, pineapple juice, sweet & sour and Blue Curacao.

Top Shelf Margarita - Enjoy Herradura Silver Tequila, Cointreau, sweet & sour and fresh lime juice, served up or on the rocks.

Pain Killer - Cruzan Dark Rum and Coconut Cream, mixed with fresh orange juice, pineapple juice, and a dash of nutmeg.

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Almond Joy
Amaretto, Coconut Cream, Dark Cream de Cacao, cream and Cruzan Clipper 120 Rum. Because sometimes you feel like a nut!

Cruzan Premium Light Rum, lime juice, sugar and ice, shaken and served up. Classic!

San Francisco Bay Breeze
An American original made with local Skyy Vodka, cranberry and pineapple juices.

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Jamaican Vacation
Myer's Dark and Platinum Rums, fresh orange juice and pineapple juices. Relax...

Margarita's Sister with Cruzan Premium Orange and Pineapple Rums, fresh lime and lemon juice on the rocks. With or without salt.

Hobson's House Punch - Try our famous House or Victorian Punchs served individually or in bowls to share with friends!

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Don't be frightened by this layered cocktail made with Jack Daniels, Picon and fresh orange juice.

Scary Scorpion
Cruzan Premium Light Rum, Brandy, Almond Cream, fresh orange juice and lemon juice. Served in a 16 oz. Mug.

Cruzan Premium Light and Dark Rums, Sloe Gin, fresh orange juice, pineapple juice and sweet & sour.

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Jamaican Coffee
Warm up with Tia Maria, Myer's Dark Rum and Coffee.

Cruzan Premium Light Rum, lime juice, grenadine and a splash of tonic. As soothing as an Ocean Beach sunset!

Seasonal Secret
Savor the flavors of our Seasonal Infused Rum, served warm.

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White Christmas Eggnog
Dreaming of a frothy eggnog with Brandy and Cruzan Rum Cream? Yum!

Christmas in Barbados
Get nice and toasty with Cruzan Premium Coconut Rum and Coffee Liqueur, served hot and topped with whipped cream and nutmeg.

Wiki Waki Woo
Cruzan Clipper 120 Proof Rum, Cruzan Premium Light Rum, Ketel One Vodka, fresh orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, Tequila, Triple Sec and Amaretto. Wow!

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