Bad tonic water is a major thorn in the side of any serious gin drinker. Indeed, I had to give up the G&T when I first moved to SF, because tonic water everywhere was off the gun, which made for flat, awful drinks. Even the tonic in bottles wasn’t so great, and choice is limited to Schweppes, basically.
Summer’s just around the corner, and heat spells like last week’s are good reminders of the absolute perfection of drinking a light, refreshing aperitif on a warm, sunny evening before dinner.
My top 5 restaurant bars for aperitif cocktails are:
3. Slanted Door
I went to Napa last week and stopped by Bouchon in Yountville to check out the cocktail list. It’s a truly lively restaurant and bar, and I was particularly enchanted with the Pomander, a drink dominated by flavors of clove and spice, yet incredibly refreshing and delicious at the same time.
2 oz Hangar One mandarin blossom vodka
1 oz aquavit
1 oz Velvet Falernum
1 drop essential oil of clove
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake gently for 6-10 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass.
R&B singing sensation Kelis, whose 2006 single Bossy ranks second only to her 2003 runaway hit Milkshake, headlined a private show as part of Hennessy's second annual Artistry Concert Tour, featuring artists such as Brazilian Girls, Ne-Yo and DJ Irie in seven cities from SF and LA to Miami and New York. The second leg of the tour, which will hit all of the same cities, kicks off this September.
Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst brought youthful romance and musical whimsy to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Oberst, whose latest album Cassadaga is a great collection of folk and country-inspired tunes, enlisted his famous friends, singer and songwriter Gillian Welch, guitarist Fred Wallace from Oakley Hall and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, to help him out at the outstanding Bay Area appearance.
Cherry blossoms in D.C.
Greetings and salutations,* my pretties ...
Since it’s Indy Thursday here at Hooker’s Reel, Poppa H thinks it wise to spend a white hot minute suggesting you spend the weekend in a galaxy far away from the Movieplex where (currently) the stories are limp, the superheroes are flabby and the buttered popcorn? Merely lukewarm …
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