Best Cure-All Cocktail San Francisco 2013 - Port Au Prince at Smuggler's Cove
We all need a drink sometimes. When a day serves up more than a reasonable amount of grief verging on the comedic there is only one tried and true elixir that has the power to restore and dispel bad voodoo: the Port Au Prince ($10, Rhum Barbancourt 5-Star, lime, pineapple juice, Velvet Falernum, grenadine, Angostura Bitters) at tiki temple Smuggler's Cove. Don the Beachcomber created the cocktail in the 1930s as a potion to showcase Haitian rum, and while the original recipe contained a blend of rums, Smuggler's Cove owner Martin Cate tweaked the recipe to only use Haitian rum. Tropical and refreshing, served in a tall glass filled with crushed ice and a little umbrella, the cocktail may not contain actual magic, but it sure does taste like it.
Photo by Lou Bustamante