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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bar Agricole's Finally Set to Open in August. Here's What You'll Be Drinking

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Chronicle wine editor Jon "Bee in the Bonné" gets the scoop on the highly anticipated opening of Bar Agricole, now set to open August 15.

The project is the brainchild of Thad Vogler and Eric Johnson, arguably the most influential forces in the San Francisco cocktail and bar revival. They either started or redefined the programs at The Slanted Door, Beretta, Camino, Jardinière, COCO 500, and Presidio Social Club.

The progression of the pair's style of cocktail-making has been evolving into a cleaner and ultra-locally focused style, with a preference for agricole-type rum. That's a spirit made entirely from distilled, fresh-pressed and fermented sugarcane juice, rather than the molasses common with most other rums.

The team behind Bar Agricole reads like a Super Friends roster: Vogler and Johnson at the bar, Mark Ellenbogen (Slanted Door) in the wine cellar, and Brandon Jew (Quince, Magnolia, and Oakland's Adesso) holding down the kitchen.

Behold the cocktail menu, as sussed out by Bonné:

Whiskey Cocktail: Whiskey, dry vermouth and grenadine, absinthe, orange bitters

Traditional Sour: Blanche d'Armagnac, lemon, egg white

Brandy Cocktail: Brandy, curaçao, Italian vermouth, absinthe, bitters

Daiquiri: White rum, lime, grapefruit, Maraska, aromatic bitters

Jersey Sour: California brandy, lemon, apple, maple, aromatic bitters

Tequila Daisy: Tequila, lemon, vermouth blanc, apricot preserves, chartreuse bitters

Petit Zinc: Farmhouse vodka, orange juice, red vermouth, farmhouse curaçao

Whiskey Sour: Whiskey, lime, port, orange bitters

Presidente: California agricole, farmhouse curaçao, grenadine, orange bitters

White Rum Swizzle: Rum, two vermouths, lemon, farmhouse curaçao, raspberry

Ti Punch: Rum, lime, hibiscus bitters

Gin Cocktail: Gin, Riesling,stone-fruit bitters

Star Daisy: Calvados, gin, grenadine, lemon

Capitan Cocktail: Blanche d'Armagnac, aromatic bitters, chinato

Dry Pisco Punch: Pisco, pineapple gum, hibiscus bitters

Opening August 15:

Bar Agricole 355 Eleventh St. (at Harrison)

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