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Pictures of Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur Launch and Bocce Ball Party

Lowballs, Highballs, and Bocce Balls With Solerno Liqueur

Although it's cooling off elsewhere in the US, the sun's just now starting to shine in Fog City. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur took great advantage of the wonderful Bay Area weather when the company held a late-afternoon happy hour at a set of bocce ball courts overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Solerno is the world's first blood orange liqueur, and it's made in Sicily with garnet-red oranges known as Sanguinellos. Although the liqueur's been around for a couple of years already, they wanted to show off the spirit's capabilities with some new cocktails.

On hand was Jacqueline Patterson, a revered San Francisco mixologist who put her bar chef skills to work crafting exclusive cocktails with the liqueur. So was Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats, whose roasting pig lured many hungry onlookers. To see more of the event, read on.

Solerno bottles are glass-blown according to traditions followed by artisans in Murano, Italy.

The Sicilian Cooler, with Campari and Solerno, was my favorite refreshment of the afternoon.

Bar star and Solerno brand ambassador Jackie Patterson was also pouring another lively tipple with the blood orange liqueur and reposado tequila.

The color scheme was citrus: yellow, orange, and blood red.

Guests held cocktails in one hand, while using the other to try out a game of bocce ball.

White beans with dill were the perfect accompaniment to the sunny cocktails.

A super-fresh tomato salad highlighting the fruits of late Summer.

Arugula, parmesan shavings, and olive oil stood together in stunning simplicity.

Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats — famous for its chicharrones — broke down an entire suckling pig to serve porchetta.

This little piggy went straight off the chopping block and onto guests' eager plates!
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