Thursday, September 23, 2010

SF Cocktail Week, Day 3: Education and Decadence

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click to enlarge The author's peach-tinged punch. - LOU BUSTAMANTE
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  • The author's peach-tinged punch.
Last night's farmers' market happy hour was the usual sold-out fun, with an extra twist: We ended up on the drink-making side of the bar. As a collaborative effort with Aaron Gregory Smith of 15 Romolo, we served up a punch with fresh O'Henry peach juice, Encanto pisco, La Pinta pomegranate tequila, oolong tea, fresh pomegranate juice, and Mionetto prosecco.

Today's fun focuses on education during the day and entertainment in the evening for both the adult and kid in you. The first two sessions are all about the production and use of the components that go into your cocktail, with the second being a to help you make like a pro from old cocktail books -- and most importantly deciphering old units of measure.

The evening brings two very different and exciting events. Indulge your inner-child (the nerdy one) with a night filled with absinthe, circus performers (no, they aren't hallucinations), and debunking absinthe myths with scientist turned distiller Ted Breaux at the Academy of Sciences. If you prefer to indulge in vices like drinking and gambling, the Cocktail Lab crew's Ragtag Rabble Gaming Soirée at the Burritt Room will indulge you in old Barbary Coast decadence.

Thurs., Sept. 23:

Fortified Wines in Cocktails

When: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Alley (at Broadway)

How much: Free

The skinny: Bacardi Portfolio Mixologist and Tequila Specialist, Manny Hinajosa and 42 Below Vodka Brand Ambassador Borys Saciuk will be discussing and tasting vermouth, sherry, port, aromatized wine, and other fortified wines and their applications in drinks.

The Great Evolution of Vodka

When: 2:30-4 p.m.

Where: 15 Romolo, 15 Romolo Alley (at Broadway)

How much: Free, RSVP is REQUIRED: bsaciuk@42below.com

The skinny: 42 Below Brand Ambassador Borys Saciuk will lead a lesson in vodka's history and production, a discussion of how vodka is enjoyed today and where it's future lies, followed by a tasting flight of this spirit's various styles available to the U.S. market, and classically inspired, modern vodka cocktails.

Classic Cocktails Through a Modern Lens

When: 3-5 p.m.

Where: Heaven's Dog, 1148 Mission St. (at 7th Street)

How much: $25

The skinny: Learn how to make great cocktails at home with Jennifer Colliau (Heaven's Dog and the Slanted Door) and Erik Ellestad (Heaven's Dog and the Alembic) from classic recipe books that aren't always easy to decipher. Learn how to measure out a wineglass or hooker. Includes 4 half-cocktails.

Science of Absinthe at the California Academy of Sciences

When: 6-10 p.m.

Where: California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr

How much: $12

The skinny: A great excuse to run around the Academy of Sciences, kid-free and have cocktails. What more do you want? DJ? Circus performers? Absinthe? It's all under that living roof.

Ragtag Rabble Gaming Soirée

When: 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Where: Burritt Room, Crescent Hotel, 417 Stockton St. (at Sutter)

How much: $60

The skinny: Gambling ala Barbary Coast-era with Cocktail Lab's signature innovations of classic, turn-of-the-century cocktails. Cocktail Lab known to live dangerously is pull out all the stops in hat promises to be a night of wickedness.

"Flash and Waltissimo's Birthday Bash" After Party

When: 11 p.m.- Closing

Where: Comstock Saloon 155 Columbus Ave (at Kearney)

How much: Free admission, no host bar

The skinny: Come celebrate the birthdays of two forces of nature at once: Jonny "Flash" Raglin, co-owner of Comstock Saloon, and Walter "Waltissimo" Moore, co-founder of Encanto Pisco.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow us at @sfoodie.

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