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Dining, SFoodie Drink of the Week: The Brandy Lift at The Slanted Door

Drink of the Week: The Brandy Lift at The Slanted Door

There aren't a lot of milk cocktails that I associate being refreshing and extremely drinkable; for me, the thought usually conjures up memories of past experiences with sweet and heavy dessert or brunch style drinks. Like many things in…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 59: Whiskey Cocktail (aka Old Fashioned) at The Slanted Door

No. 59: Whiskey Cocktail (aka Old Fashioned) at The Slanted Door

The origins of the modern cocktail date to the late 1700s, early 1800s maybe, in a form we'd recognize today: the old fashioned. It's…
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Dining, SFoodie Siamese-kaze, a Little Lime-on-Lime Action at Basil Canteen

Siamese-kaze, a Little Lime-on-Lime Action at Basil Canteen

Asian citrus is popping up with more frequency on drink menus around town, but the Siamese-kaze at Basil Canteen is hardly a bandwagon-jumper. It's been a staple here since the place opened in 2008. Vodka infused with Thai kaffir…
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Dining, SFoodie Cupid's Arrow, a Blood-Orange Margarita at Puccini and Pinetti

Cupid's Arrow, a Blood-Orange Margarita at Puccini and Pinetti

The Cupid's Arrow cocktail at Puccini and Pinetti is a nice choice for this lovers' weekend, if only for drowning a lonelyheart's sorrows. It's essentially a margarita, made with Partida tequila, muddled blood orange, lime juice, and simple syrup, with…
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Dining, SFoodie Bourbon 101 at the Boothby

Bourbon 101 at the Boothby

Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge Where: The Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts, 1161 Mission (at Eighth St.), Ste. 120 When: Thu., Jan. 27, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $35 The rundown: Jim Rutledge, a 40-year veteran in the bourbon business…
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Dining, SFoodie The Kitchen, a Savory Sip from Orson

The Kitchen, a Savory Sip from Orson

A beautifully hued drink that thankfully doesn't skew as sweet as you'd expect from a brightly colored cocktail, Orson's the Kitchen blends gin, sparkling wine, and Green Chartreuse with house-made lemon basil syrup. It's complex and savory, garnished with a…
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Dining, SFoodie Nog O'Mine, a Holiday Light Show at Elixir

Nog O'Mine, a Holiday Light Show at Elixir

After last Friday's fiery Drink of the Week, we were still in the mood for something that lit up, so we headed to Elixir for the Nog O'Mine, which just landed on the menu alongside other winter-warming classics. We chose…
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Dining, SFoodie Lonsdale, a Basil-Tinged Booster by Beretta

Lonsdale, a Basil-Tinged Booster by Beretta

The cocktail menu at Beretta is quietly confident, even when the restaurant itself is not exactly keeping the noise down. The Lonsdale blends gin with apple juice, a dash of lemon, and barely detectable honey, with a generous basil streak.…
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Dining, SFoodie Hey Bro, It's Harvey Wallbanger Day

Hey Bro, It's Harvey Wallbanger Day

Classic cocktails from the 19th to early 20th centuries ― like the Sazerac ― have become standards on Bay Area bar menus. They're quickly being joined by their opposites, unfussy, accessible cocktails from the 1960s and '70s. The champion of…
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Dining, SFoodie Giants Cocktails Are Popping Up All Over Town. Here Are Four We Like

Giants Cocktails Are Popping Up All Over Town. Here Are Four We Like

A few local restaurants and bars are helping patrons get into the Giants vs. Phillies spirit this week. Among the many being shaken up all over town is Ame's optimistic Giants Sweet Finish blends white rum, orange juice, and lime…
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Dining, SFoodie Turn! Turn! Turn! at Campton Place, a Mint Julep for Fall

Turn! Turn! Turn! at Campton Place, a Mint Julep for Fall

Campton Place is marking the fall season with new cocktails including Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrdsian take on a ginger mint julep has Belvedere vodka, Domaine Canton ginger liqueur, fresh mint, lime, and a splash of sparkling cava. Burned many…
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Dining, SFoodie Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Hobson's Choice Has the City's Best DIY Mary Bar

Sunday, Bloody Sunday: Hobson's Choice Has the City's Best DIY Mary Bar

Brunch-goers fall into two categories: mimosa people and Bloody Mary people. If you're one of the latter, then we've found your mecca ― the Sunday Bloody Mary bar at Hobson's Choice. It puts all other build-your-own cocktail setups to shame.…
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Dining, SFoodie Jishin, a Shroomin' Delight at Ozumo

Jishin, a Shroomin' Delight at Ozumo

The delicate, maple-reminiscent flavor of candycap mushrooms is part of the arsenal for a growing amount of dessert purveyors, so it shouldn't be a huge stretch to find it on a drink menu. But it's still a pleasant surprise at…
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Dining, SFoodie Watermelon Margarita, a Mall Rat Cocktail at Straits

Watermelon Margarita, a Mall Rat Cocktail at Straits

Sometimes, you just need to go to the mall and drink. Or maybe that's just us. Straits, located in the Westfield Centre mall, doesn't pour particularly high-end margaritas (with Sauza Hornitos tequila). But the watermelon version, rimmed with green salt,…
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Dining, SFoodie Should Bartenders Trademark Their Drinks? Josh Harris Weighs In

Should Bartenders Trademark Their Drinks? Josh Harris Weighs In

Thanks to an article by Chantal Martineau that appeared in the Atlantic Food Channel last week, one of the discussions engaging the bar industry has filtered out to the public. At this year's Tales of the Cocktail conference, Martineau attended…
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Dining, SFoodie Crabby Mood, a Pick-Me-Up from Crab House at Pier 39

Crabby Mood, a Pick-Me-Up from Crab House at Pier 39

The cocktails at Pier 39's Crab House are hardly wonders of creative mixology, but they do come with fantastic views that shouldn't be the exclusive domain of tourists -- venture there on weekdays, when there are fewer out-of-towners in short…
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Dining, SFoodie Made in San Francisco: The Kentucky Buck

Made in San Francisco: The Kentucky Buck

You could argue that San Francisco doesn't get hot enough to need a summertime cocktail. We vehemently disagree: A refreshing cocktail that hits all the flavor points is a drink for all seasons. We can't remember when we had our…
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Dining, SFoodie Spoonbar's Scott Beattie Talks Cocktails at Plum, Bracina

Spoonbar's Scott Beattie Talks Cocktails at Plum, Bracina

After stopping by Spoonbar in Healdsburg earlier this month, we sat down to chat with Scott Beattie for a taste of what to expect behind the bar at Plum, the perennially delayed Bracina, and other projects from Northern California's trailblazer…
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Dining, SFoodie The Narwhal, Commonwealth's Liquid Nitrogen Slushie

The Narwhal, Commonwealth's Liquid Nitrogen Slushie

Molecular gastronomy pops up sparingly at Commonwealth, like in a light cocktail frozen with the assistance of liquid nitrogen. The Narwhal is a lovely slushie made with ambrosia melon and lime, filtered sake, mint, and Floc de Gascogne, a French…
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Dining, SFoodie At Spoonbar in Healdsburg, Scott Beattie Riffs on Classic Warm-Weather Cocktails

At Spoonbar in Healdsburg, Scott Beattie Riffs on Classic Warm-Weather Cocktails

On a recent fog-soaked day in the city, the promise of sunshine lured us north to the warmth of Healdsburg, Yountville's counterpart as a showcase of Sonoma County's best food and drink. While Yountville may have a slight edge on…
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