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Monday, November 10, 2014

A Perfect Fall Cocktail: the Ginger Drop Kick at Raven

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:19 PM

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The wall-to-wall saturation of pumpkin spice everything has some people yearning for something with a bit more depth and darkness. If you’ve pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious menu of forgotten lore, there is a seasonal alternative: the Ginger Drop Kick at Raven, in SOMA.

Pardon the Poe reference, but this bar-and-lounge on Folsom does little to conceal its macabre shadows. The interior is all dark wood and darker leather. The bar, however, is promiscuous with cups of fruit, including the lemon that will be shaved into the mix of Bulleit bourbon, Aperol. lemon, agave, and fresh-juiced ginger that is the Drop Kick.

Variations on the x-and-ginger highball form the backbone of a lot of classic cocktails: the Dark and Stormy and the Moscow Mule, for starters. But the equally well-structured Ginger Drop Kick has a stronger ginger finish than either. It’s not effervescent, but it is crisp. And because of Aperol’s lower alcohol content relative to, say, Campari, it’s relatively sweet, but without sacrificing the ginger’s pungent earthiness. This drink would be a good accompaniment to a evening spent poring over nineteenth century verse.

We’re still enjoying the odd 70-degree day here and there, although not for long: The sun goes down before happy hour’s over. Now’s the time to rush headlong into autumn’s embrace.

Raven, 1151 Folsom, 431-1151.

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