Best Cocktail Menu - 2011
Savoy Cocktail Night at Alembic
San Francisco, CA 94117
If you like choices at a bar, stop by one of Alembic's Savoy Cocktail nights, when its usual menu is replaced with copies of Harry Craddock's 800-plus-recipe tome. The book was written in 1930 by an American bartender who escaped to Europe during Prohibition, and contains recipes for drinks that feel modern again, like the Brandy Alexander, the Corpse Reviver #2, and the Old Pal. Navigating a volume of cocktails that large can be intimidating, but bar manager Daniel Hyatt knows his way around it. He also recruited the efforts of Erik Ellestad, who in 2007 started making every recipe in the book, in order, and is on the verge of finishing.