As the famed cocktail bar has done every six months, Trick Dog expunged its entire roster of cocktails to make room for an entirely new theme. Starting today and running through Dec. 31, Trick Dog unveiled “The Joy of Cocktails,” a collaboration between their team and 16 San Francisco chefs, representing restaurants like Cala, Liholiho Yacht Club, and State Bird Provisions.
The name is a reference to the never-out-of-print 1936 cookbook, Joy of Cooking, and all the riffs on that simple title that followed, such as Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. As with Trick Dog’s previous cocktail themes — Pantone colors, astrology, Mission murals — it takes an idea and runs with it to the very nth degree.
A companion to the menu, a $45 book with photographs by Sonya Yu, The Joy of Cocktails: A Trick Dog Cookbook, is on sale with proceeds benefiting the food-business incubator for immigrant women, La Cocina. As you might expect, some of the recipes are rather more involved than your average highball. Sarah and Evan Rich’s involves infusing Elyx vodka with Douglas fir tips, and making your own shiso-avocado simple syrup. Cámara’s includes straining chilies through a chinoise for a salsa negra.
But once again: Trick Dog did it. Here is the full list of chef partners. Drink up!
Kim Alter, Nightbird
Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, State Bird Provisions
Gabriela Cámara, Cala
Dominique Crenn, Atelier Crenn
Traci Des Jardins, Jardinière
Brandon Jew, Mister Jiu’s
Ravi Kapur, Liholiho Yacht Club
Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow, flour + water
David Nayfeld, Che Fico
Melissa Perello, Octavia
Angela Pinkerton, Theorita
Sarah and Evan Rich, Rich Table
Craig Stoll, Delfina
Trick Dog, 3010 20th St., 415-471-2999 or trickdogbar.com
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