Mixology god Erik Adkins is paying tribute next week to one of the quirkiest guys ever to pick up a swizzle stick: Charles H. Baker Jr. As part of Cocktail Week
, Adkins - manager and bar director of Heaven's Dog
- will teach modern twists on iconic cocktails by Baker, who wrote The Gentleman's Companion
, first published in 1939. A correspondent for Esquire
, and buddy to Hemingway and Faulkner, Baker traveled the world in the 1930s, concocting sometimes Byzantine cocktails with names like "The Rosy Dawn." Adkins, who revived Baker classics for Heaven's Dog, told SFoodie a typical Baker cocktail is hard to make. "He was drunk when he wrote a lot of them," Adkins said.
The Baker Bar School happens Thursday, May 14, at Heaven's Dog & Noodle Shop (1148 Mission at Seventh Street). Tickets are $30 (plus service fee), and space is limited. Score 'em at the Cocktail Week Web site.