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Friday, May 23, 2014

Drink of the Week: Watching the Tequila Sunrise at The Square

Posted By on Fri, May 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The tall, dark, and handsome Tequila Sunrise - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • The tall, dark, and handsome Tequila Sunrise
Like everything else, cocktails travel in cycles. Drinks that were once standards at your grandparents' and great-grandparents' house became the darlings of the craft cocktail revival, while the drinks your parents enjoyed, became the pariahs. But in recent years, drinks from the '70s and '80s have finally started getting a well-deserved makeover.

Claire Sprouse at The Square (in the old Washington Square Bar & Grill space), was inspired by Rom Fimrite's The Square: The Story of a Saloon to create a menu that issues a pardon and gives new life to those maligned cocktails. "The book outlines the drinking culture in our restaurant space throughout the '70s and '80s, and served as inspiration for our cocktail list," says Sprouse.

See also: Drink of the Week: Getting into a Choke Hold at Tosca

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Drink of the Week: Jersey City at Trou Normand

The mezcal variation of a Freddy Fudpucker - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • The mezcal variation of a Freddy Fudpucker

Drinks like the tall, refreshing, and tart take on the Tequila Sunrise ($10, tequila, crème de cassis, Campari, lemon) show the impact that small improvements can make to a recipe. Sprouse says that she redesigned the drink to be a little more whimsical, but still approachable. "[The Tequila Sunrise] is an easily recognizable cocktail, but updated with fresh, quality ingredients that anyone from our longtime North Beach neighbors, visiting tourists, S.F. foodies, and art school kids can appreciate," explains Sprouse. "Oh, and it's fun. Cocktails should always be fun!"

click to enlarge Bar manager Claire Sprouse shaking up a cocktail - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Bar manager Claire Sprouse shaking up a cocktail

Her version was inspired by the recipe used at the Trident in Sausalito during the heyday (where the drink was purported to have been invented), different from the more common version where grenadine takes the place of the cassis. As a bonus, Sprouse says, "the Rolling Stones even went on record as having their first Tequila Sunrise there, and I'll take their albeit hazy version of history over most, any day."

The menu revisits new-old classics like the Appletini, White Russian, and a delicious twist on the Harvey Wallbanger, the Freddy Fudpucker ($12, mezcal, Italian bitters, vanilla, orange, lemon). The mezcal and vanilla make for a carefree drink, and like the Tequila Sunrise, worthy of enjoying with rock stars or simply with less famous friends.

The Square's Tequila Sunrise

1 ½ oz. Blanco Tequila

¾ oz. Lemon juice

¼ oz. Rich simple syrup (2:1, sugar: water)

½ oz. Crème de cassis

½ oz. Campari

Orange slice

Pour both crème de cassis and Campari into a Collins glass, add ice, and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake hard for seven seconds and strain into the prepared Collins glass as quickly as possible to keep liqueurs at the bottom of the glass from mixing, maintaining the visual fading effect.

Garnish with orange slice, and then smile.

The Square, 1707 Powell (at Union), 525-3579

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