(Photography by Sarah Chorey)

First Taste: ABV's Este Oeste pairs Basque-style tapas with sherry and gin


Since it's pretty much winter outside, we could really go for cozy share plates and heart-warming sherry cocktails in this little nook of an upstairs bar.

At ABV's Over Proof, the bar tucked back above the Mission restaurant, a new concept is now pouring: For the next few months, owners Ryan Fitzgerald, Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud, and Todd Smith are taking us on a trip through Spain. Chef Collin Hilton's new prix-fixe menu includes five or more dishes designed to pair with sherry and gin-focused cocktails. Click through for a taste of what's cooking. // 3174 16th St. (Mission); nightly seatings (6:30 and 9pm) are $75/person, reservations are required now through Oct. 27th, overproofsf.com

Next, a spin on gazpacho but with very different ingredients: A blend of blistered peppers and melon, topped with chili pepper, a little olive oil, and sorrel powder revs up this refreshing summer soup. The accompanying beverage, Señor Txotx, has a little more weight than the last, with apple-y Spanish sherry, gin, honey, and allspice, topped with a dry Spanish cider from Basque Country.

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