Locanda Cocktail Preview at Blackbird
Where: Blackbird, 2124 Market (at Church), 503-0630
When: Sun., Mar. 27, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $9 per cocktail
The rundown: Anticipation for the Delfina sibling Locanda (expected sometime this spring) is building as fast as a construction crew can hammer. Meanwhile, bar manager Brian MacGregor and staff are providing a sneak preview of the bar program this weekend at Blackbird. It'll feature only two of the cocktails from the menu at last week's Dalva preview, the Coriandolo Correcto and the Empres Bianca, as well as five brand-new drinks.
MacGregor made a name for himself at Jardinière with restrained and spirituous cocktails. His shift to an Italian palate should be a nice fit with the modernized Roman osteria chefs Craig Stoll and Anthony Strong are planning for Locanda. Like the Coriandolo Correcto aperitivo cocktail, Sunday's preview should be a nice appetite-whetter for what's to come.
Cocktail menu: Coriandolo Correcto: Campari, coriander-infused tequila, Dolin blanc vermouth, ruby red grapefruit; Einstein in Flight: Benesin mezcal, St. Germain, lemon, cucumber; The Pony Express: rye whiskey, Qi white tea liquor, lemon, maple syrup; Saratoga: rye whiskey, brandy, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters; Tesero Pirata: Pusser's navy rum, Dolin dry vermouth, lemon, chestnut honey syrup; Villar Perosa: gin, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lemon, Lambrusco; Empres Bianca: Martini Rossi Rossato vermouth, yellow chartreuse, lemon, grapefruit bitters