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Thursday, February 24, 2011

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

Posted By on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 6:05 PM

click to enlarge Whiskey cocktail ― otherwise known as the old fashioned ― at the Slanted Door. - THE SLANTED DOOR
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  • Whiskey cocktail ― otherwise known as the old fashioned ― at the Slanted Door.

SFoodie's countdown of our 92 favorite things to eat and drink in San Francisco, 2011 edition.

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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 the Big Bang of the cocktail galaxy, a mighty explosion trailing enough expanding gas to make the drink's exact origins fuzzy at best. Probably originally a breakfast tipple to settle the nerves, stomach, and hangover, the potent combination of whiskey, sugar, bitters, and water in some form (liquid or solid) has cured ills across multiple generations.

It still does, and no one stirs a meaner, more restorative version of the old fashioned than Erik Adkins and Jennifer Colliau at the Slanted Door. It's listed on the menu simply as whiskey cocktail, its original name (after all, the old fashioned was new once). It unites Buffalo Trace bourbon, angostura and orange bitters, gum syrup from Colliau's Small Hand Foods, orange peel, and a single large, hand-cut ice cube in a single perfect glass. It may not be flashy, but a few sips in there's no question: You've reached the very center of the cocktail universe.

The Slanted Door: 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero), 861-8032.

Dishes in our series so far:

92: Goat tacos from El Norteño

91: Faux shark's fin soup at Benu

90: Esperpento's alcachofas a la plancha

89: Poco Dolce's olive oil chocolate bar

88: Decantr's chicken-liver mousseline

87: Outerlands' levain bread

86: Fraîche's frozen yogurt

85: Gyro King's spinach pie

84: Tandoori fish from Lahore Karahi

83: Braised oxtail and daikon from Namu

82: Golden Gate Bakery's custard tart

81: Commonwealth's cured foie gras with umeboshi purée

80: Star Stream's Liège-style waffle

79: Mexican hot chocolate from La Oaxaqueña

78: Meatball sandwich from Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

77: Cheesecake from Zanze's

76: Chicken pepian at San Miguel

75: Macau iced coffee at Vega/Special Xtra

74: Comstock Saloon's Pisco Punch

73: Hai Ky Mi Gia's duck leg noodle soup

72: Sauerbraten at Walzwerk

71: Boudin noir at Cafe Bastille

70: Blackstrap molasses gingerbread at Lotta's Bakery

69: Plow's crispy potatoes

68: Prospect's Catcher in the Rye

67: Pork banh mi from Little Vietnam Cafe

66: Nakaochi at Ippuku

65: Sidekick's chocolate spritzer

64: Farmhouse Culture's horseradish-leek sauerkraut

63: Destination Baking Co.'s challah

62: Cotogna's roasted carrots

61: Hard Knox Cafe's chicken and waffles

60: The Rebel Within from Tell Tale Preserve Co.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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