Liquor and Spirits

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    June 27, 2014

    Drink of the Week: Four Spots to Cool You Down This Week

    The last few days may not have felt like the beginning of summer, but the warming spell early next week promises to have you seeking refreshment. Here are five spots to seek shelter from the heat (or at the very least enjoy them in short sleeves). Click through for recipes in case sweltering tempera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Meet Your New Favorite Summer Drink: The NASCAR Spritz

    The race to find the best summer drink is over before it even began. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to meet the NASCAR Spritz. The kicky blend of light beer, Aperol, and a lime twist comes to our city via Chad Arnholt, bartender at Trick Dog and co-founder of beverage consulting company Tin Roof. ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2014
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    May 14, 2014
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    October 25, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Catching the Paris to Milan at Range

    The aperitif or aperitivo is a style of cocktail that I've enjoyed plenty of times in bars, but it wasn't until this summer that I learned to enjoy the practice of it. Usually light in alcohol and often inclusive of the bright red bitter of Turin-style liqueurs (Campari being the best known) or verm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Espresso Martini at MKT

    Don't let the name scare you. The Espresso Martini ($14, Charbay Vanilla Rum, Firelit Blue Bottle, Kuchan Nocino, St. George Single Malt, espresso) at MKT, the recently renovated bar inside the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street, is simultaneously everything and nothing you expect from the drink. I ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 21, 2013
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    August 14, 2013

    Drink Like a Cool Kid, Order an Amaro

    Beretta bar manager Adam Wilson had a trick in his Vegas days, back when he managed the bar program for Mario Batali's three Sin City restaurants. Batali had a monstrous pork chop on the menu, a portion so large that diners would often put their forks down and declare surrender halfway through. Then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Drink of the Week: Hunting with the Woodsman at Bloodhound

    When Bloodhound opened in 2008 (making it 36 in dog years), that stretch of Folsom was a rather lonely one with a few outlier clubs and leather shops. The bar's success and longevity is certainly due in part to the bartending skills that owner Dylan O'Brien honed over the years, but also because it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Whiskies of the World Takes Port in S.F.

    Where: SF Belle, Hornblower Yacht (remains docked), Pier 3 Embarcadero When: Sat., April 6th, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $120, tickets available online The Rundown: Perhaps it's a reaction to the Atkins Diet era, a slingshot effect that took our national focus from avoidance of grain products to a fetishi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Drink of the Week: The Viceroy at Cantina

    Few spirits that have the potential to incite the kind of heated debate that pisco, the South American unaged grape based brandy, is capable of. Should you ever have the misfortune of asking a Chilean and a Peruvian about the origins of pisco, you would quickly find yourself with no answer and in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Puttin' on the Bix

    Veering off Montgomery onto Gold Street, a little, almost nondescript alley, feels like slipping into a hidden passageway. Walking along it I get the thrill of being in on a secret, what I imagine was half the fun of prohibition era speakeasies. The tidy little street doesn't stand out for any parti ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 31, 2012
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    October 26, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Apple Brandy Sour at Presidio Social Club

    With apple season in full force, and the weather kicking its final throws of Indian Summer, the cold weather cocktail season officially begins. At Presidio Social Club, bar manager Tim Stookey is adding two new drinks to the line up designed to unfog our lenses for a bit. The fall leaf red Picante ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Cool Hand Luke Fizz at Txoko

    Some drinks are natural born thirst-shakers. At Txoko, bar manager Jason Brown's Cool Hand Luke Fizz ($11, Fighting Cock Bourbon, Mexican Coca Cola, egg whites, Peychaud's bitters) is a perfect blend of soda fountain nostalgia and whiskey & coke's bracing simplicity. The cocktail tastes like a cro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Drink of the Week: Golden Gate 75th Celebration in Cocktails

    With the official 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge this weekend, the festivities will also come in cocktail form.* At Aurea inside the Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill, they're serving the St. Charles Punch ($12, Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac, Fonsecca Terra Bella Organic Rub ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 7, 2012
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    February 24, 2012

    Drink of the Week: A Flight Through Cocktail History

    ​In a brilliant effort to showcase the significant differences spirits can have on a cocktail, Locanda's new bar director Gabriel Lowe (formerly of Beretta and Delerosa) has been quietly adding cocktail flights to the menu. Taking a classic recipe, he presents a triptych of sorts, swapping out bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Happy Goat's Scotch Caramel Sauce

    Happy Goat's Scotch Caramel Sauce is a revelation. The caramel first woos you with a sweet hit of fragrant Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean. Next comes the seduction of 12-year-aged single malt Scotch whiskey from Aberlour. The finish is a subtle twinge of earthiness. No sign of cloying over-swee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Encanto Pisco Stars Tonight at Bar Adagio's Free Cocktail College

    ​Where: Bar Adagio, 550 Geary (at Taylor), 775-5000 When: Thurs., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost: Free! but you must RSVP: The rundown: Bar Adagio's Cocktail College, the popular series held on the second Thursday of each month, happens tonight spotlighting loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Starlight Room Cocktail Preview

    Lou BustamanteJoel Teitelbaum serving up a couple of Pisco Crustas​Opening tonight at 6 p.m. (until midnight) is the revamped incarnation of Harry Denton's Starlight Room sporting a new dance floor, plush furniture, and an inventive cocktail menu. We caught up with bar manager Joel Teitelba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    A Liquid Preview of Jasper's Corner Tap

    Lou BustamanteKevein Diedrich, bar manager at Jasper's Corner Tap​Jasper's Corner Tap, the gastropub project in the hotel section west of Union Square, opens tonight with an impressive list of beverages. The tavern will feature 18 cocktails, 18 beers and six wines on tap. We were able to get ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Scotch and Cheese? Try It at Quince

    ​We've had a lot of cheese and a lot of Scotch, but we've never thought to try them together. That's because we lack the imagination of Quince general manager Katrina Parlato, who is running a bar special this week: a Scotch and cheese pairing flight.It's not cheap, at $36. But these are not cheap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Secret Negroni Menu at Orson

    Lou BustamanteNegroni variation 5: Hard to Make a Living​While the Pisco Punch might have undisputed San Francisco heritage, the Negroni often feels more like the official cocktail of San Francisco. The equal measures of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari said to have been invented in Florence by Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    This Saturday: Make (and Drink!) Gin Cocktails with Scott Beattie

    Lou BustamanteOld World Distillers' Davorin Kuchan will help Scott Beattie school you on gin.​Where: Ferry Building Marketplace, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero)When: Sat., May 28, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.Cost: $50 online via Eventbrite; 21 and overThe rundown: Scott Beattie returns to the Ferry Building to ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 9, 2011
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    January 28, 2011

    Pisco Sour, a Peruvian Celebration at La Mar

    ​La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's Pisco Sour (Pisco Quebranta, lime juice, simple syrup, egg white, and regional bitters) has felled us on more than one occasion. Though Pisco is a brandy (i.e., distilled from grapes), the foamy egg white fills us with nostalgia for (don't judge) the Orange Julius. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Three Events to Keep You Drunk for New Year's Weekend

    ​New Year's Day is all about fresh starts and optimism, but don't make the mistake of believing you can say goodbye to a whole year with one night of drinking. Our extensive studies have shown that a full 24-hour period of carefully paced cocktails is required for that. With that in mind, here ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Local Pisco Expert Signs Books, Gets Wonky at Pisco Latin Lounge

    Guillermo Toro-Lira has penned a history of Peruvian brandy in California.​Every movement needs a historian, someone who can frame events with the trajectory of inevitability. For Barbary Coast cocktail cultists, that historian is Lima-born Guillermo Toro-Lira. Like some early Christian saint, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    DIY for the Holidays: Homemade Liqueurs

    Sean TimberlakeInfused spirits are among the easiest gifts to make and some of the nicest to get.​ The first of SFoodie's weekly guides to food-crafting gifts you can make. Giving booze for the holidays always reminds me of my grandfather. It's not that he was a big drinker, quite the contrar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    Going to SF WhiskyFest? Brush Up with This Whisk(e)y Primer

    jrodmanjr/FlickrAmerican whiskies like bourbon are typically made from corn.​So what is whisky and how does it differ from whiskey? The difference is usually regional. The Scots, Canadians, and Japanese prefer to spell it whisky, while the Irish and Americans like to add an 'e' and spell it wh ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010
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    March 10, 2010
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    December 11, 2009

    The Carton is Crap. Mix Up a Batch of Real Eggnog

    norecipes/FlickrCheer bomb.​Sure, you can spike some store-bought eggnog with a pint of Old Grand-Dad and serve it in plastic tumblers at your next holiday soirée, but it won't be nearly as impressive as a big punch bowl of the real thing, made from scratch and proffered in festive tones of g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    What to Stock Your Bar with for That Holiday Cocktail Mixer

    gibneb/FlickrSee? Easy.​When you get right down to it, the holiday season is all about lighting a candle in lieu of cursing the darkness during the gloomiest, coldest time of the year. From the Druids' burning yule log and Hanukkah's glowing menorah to the bulb-bedecked pine tree and the flami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Don't Wait for 2012 to Shake Up a Batch of Leap Years

    robertr2006/FlickrThe Leap Year might just make you put a ring on it.​A few weeks ago we made mention of The Savoy Cocktail Book, Harry Craddock's seminal bar guide published in 1930. Craddock, a willing refugee from Prohibition-era America, presided over the lobby bar at London's Savoy Hotel, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    Early Warning: WhiskyFest S.F. Bringin' the Brown to SOMA

    cactusthesaint/FlickrA blur of Glenmorangie at last year's WhiskyFest.​Bourbon is America's native spirit. That's not editorializing on the part of a prideful Kentuckian, just fact -- and law, seeing as a 1964 Act of Congress officially declared it exactly that. Furthermore, on August 2, 2007, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Straight-Up Classic or Rainbow Slushy, the Margarita is Timeless

    Tequila Photos/Flickr Reposado tequilas on the bar at Tommy's.Remember when the family would head out to that Mexican joint on the highway with the racetrack-shaped cocktail lounge and the three-foot bartender and the Miwok skeletons under the floorboards? And your father would give you a tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Sangria is as Cooling and Variable as the City's Summer Weather

    JonnyGdeCA/FlickrScore a prime example at Ramblas on Valencia.Sangria is as delectable and as open to experiment and interpretation as paella, its great culinary cohort of the Spanish table. This fruity, sparkling concoction is the perfect light-spirited libation for the summer months and is malleab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    The Rob Roy: A Wee Dram, Hold the Cherry

    dseang via FlickrBarrel-aged Balvenie: Steel yourself to do the unspeakableThe Broken Record saloon (1166 Geneva at Edinburgh) not only serves exceptional pub grub, their whisky selection is breathtaking: well over a hundred different ryes, bourbons, and scotches, most of it from the top of the shel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Weird-Ass Beer of the Week: Allagash Curieux

    This pricy brew has a definite bourbon aftertaste.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    Puffing Stogies With The Suits At Palio D'Asti

    Word has it that FiDi Italian spot Palio D'Asti (640 Sacramento at Montgomery) of the notorious Tax Relief Special ($1 lunchtime martinis) -- has made it even easier for the midday boozing crowd to find some respite from the rigors of the straight-and-narrow workaday path: cigars! With a tobacco lic ... More >>

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