“He Loves Me, He Loves me Not..” Here are a few San Francisco cocktails, with both bitter and sweet elements, to help count the ways San Francisco’s sourcing spring.
The number 6 ($13) is a nice play on the classic Martinez. The Tanqueray Old Tom gin, Alessio Vermouth de Torino, Mandarine Napoleon, almond, jasmine (stirred with a salty, chocolate-covered olive) make an aromatic, multi-dimensional cocktail with a sweet cordial finish.
Lazy Bear’s new cocktail program, which launched this spring, features a cocktail reminiscent of a walk through a sunny apple orchard. Try “Not Far From the Tree” ($13): Calvados Michel Huard, Oloroso Sherry, Pink Lady apple syrup, and house black lime bitters –made from crushed limes, fermented, then boiled in salt water and cooled until they petrify and blacken.
Earthy and herbal: the Diamond in the Rough ($12) mixes herbaceous Bison Grass Vodka, iris liqueur, carrot-thyme cordial, lemon and absinthe, sprinkled with thyme and served up.
Tequila, amontillado sherry, grapefruit and lemon round out the campfire appeal of this spring sipper ($12). Subtly smoky, bitter and sweet with a delicate finish.
Venue: Rich Table,
Location: 199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102,
Contact: (415) 355-9085.
Hours: Open Sun-Thurs, 5:30pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-10:30pm.
Aromatic, bright and perfect for a mid-afternoon cocktail, the Bicycle Kick ($11) combines locally-distilled 209 Gin, Campari, Velvet Falernum, Lemon, and sauvignon blanc, over a single large king ice cube.
Venue: Fog City,
Location: 1300 Battery Street, San Francisco, California 94111,
Contact: (415) 982-2000.
Hours: Open Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm and Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm.
Solid southern porch cocktail: Beefeater Gin, California aloe liqueur Chareau, lemon, cucumber, mint and celery bitters ($12) makes for easy herbaceous drinking.