Recently reopened down in Pacifica is Moonraker restaurant, which was indeed named for the 1979 James Bond film, was closed for many years before brothers Shawn and Gary McNamara came along to revive it late last year.
It sits on a lovely piece of coastal property, and to complement the food from executive chef Jason Yeafoli is a new cocktail list created by consultant Victoria D'Amato-Moran. Below, the signature concoction, which is one of several Victoria created to reflect the restaurant's history and seaside locale. It's a white Manhattan, with corn whiskey and the lovely Dolin Blanc vermouth, which is not a dry vermouth but a sweet, floral, white vermouth that we even love on the rocks.
2 oz. Original Moonshine corn whiskey
1 oz. Dolin Blanc vermouth
2 dashs of grapefruit bitters
Stir the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Serve with a spiced brandied cherry.