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The Alembic: Girl Scout Cookies in Cocktail Form 

Wednesday, Mar 4 2015

No, they're not made from real Girl Scouts, not even Girl Scout Cookies, but today Upper Haight cocktail mecca The Alembic brings back its Girl Scout Cookie cocktails. The four drinks — not flavored with the cookies as much as meant to be paired with them — were such a hit last year that Alembic head bartender Larry Piaskowy made a whole new set for 2015.

Each cocktail ($13) is served with two cookies so you can see the flavor affinities between them. And the drinks are delicious with or without cookies: I loved the Some Like It Hot, a warm drink with tequila blanco, St. George NOLA coffee liqueur, chile liqueur, chocolate bitters, mint, and black lager foam that teases out the chocolate mintiness of Thin Mints without being cloyingly sweet. The Girl From Ipanema (Cachaca, dry sherry, lime, and piloncillo sugar syrup) echoes the tropical notes of the Samoa while offering citrus to cut through the cookie's richness.

Broken Bagpipe, a scotch-based drink with lemon juice, honey syrup, and cardamom and Orleans bitters, has a maltiness from the scotch without its smoke, offering a counterpoint to the peanut buttery Do-si-do. But the most surprising drink is Mr. Kipling's Flip, a concoction of brandy, lemon juice, Genepy, cream, egg white, and lavender bitters that complements the silky richness of the Trefoil shortbread.

A rotating selection of two of these cocktails will be offered nightly, until the bar runs out of cookies (an estimated one or two more weeks, depending on demand). And if you fell in love with a drink last year and are very, very lucky, Piaskowy might just bring it back for a special.


About The Author

Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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