It would have been a hoot to eavesdrop on the planning meetings between Martin Cate, owner of the new gin bar Whitechapel which opened this week, and Ignacio “Notch” Gonzalez, the designer who brought the offbeat concept to life.
“I’m Mr. Cinnamon,” grins Joe Cannella, at the Craft Spirits Carnival at Ft. Mason where he was offering samples of his Cannella Cinnamon Cordial. His first batch, made at the Seven Stills Distillery in Dogpatch, sold out shortly after its release late last year. His fourth batch has just been bottled.
You're purusing the list of specialty drinks at a cocktail bar when one in particular stands out. You recognize most of the ingredients, but one is a mystery. What the heck is Becherovka? How does Cynar taste? Once little-used, these liqueurs are now starring on local bar menus. Here are five to try.
Before you reach for that bottle of Provencal rosé for this weekend's July 4th festivities, why not consider this more festive, gin-soaked, made-in-San Francisco treat?
Here's to alcohol: the cause of, and answer to, all of life's problems. -Matt Groening
From game day specials in SoMa to usher in the 2015 baseball season to Cockscomb's double happy hour, here's where you should throw back a few this week.