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Friday, October 21, 2011

Drink of the Week: Moonraker at Bar Agricole

Posted By on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante

The beauty of making cocktails from old recipes is more than the rediscovery of forgotten flavors. It's also in the mysteries that inevitably come with their creation-- finding or making substitutions for unavailable liqueurs and spirits, deciphering archaic measurements, and translating those flavors to the modern palate.

Leave it to Eric Johnson and Thad Vogler to take an odd recipe from the famed Savoy Cocktail Book, and make it into a complex and balanced drink so good they keep it off their standard cocktail menu (well, that's our guess at least).

The Moonraker ($10) starts with Marian Farms biodynamic brandy, combined with Leopold Brothers Peach Brandy, Cocchi Americano (an aperitif wine flavored with herbs, spices, and the bitter cinchona bark), and a few dashes of absinthe.

The name is another mystery, coming from either the term for the highest sail of rigged sailing ships, or the story of smugglers from Wiltshire, England. Although it does not come from the Roger Moore era James Bond, it's the type of drink you could easily imagine the suave and dangerous agent enjoying.

Bar Agricole, 355 11th St. (at Folsom), 355-9400

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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