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September 2008

This week was big for openings and pisco cocktails. I hit up La Mar early in the week, where I had some pisco drinks and lunch, then the new bar called Pisco just for pisco drinks. This bar was supposed to open in August (I wrote a story about it for that issue of San Francisco Magazine) but they had problems with handicapped accessibility due to the gradient slope of the street outside. (Umm, San Francisco has hills that are kind of hard to work around.) The place was looking groovy and more modern than I expected, but the drinks... Read more →

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Flaming absinthe, hand-pressed sugar cane juice, lavender bitters, and no barstools: it all sounds a bit much to me, but it's impossible to say without going there if it all comes together effectively or not. (It sure looks pretty though.) Read about this new bar here . Read more →

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A few weeks ago, Todd Smith and Luis Sivira won trips to Nicaragua as part of Flor de Cana's cocktail contest in San Francisco. Sweet. Here are the recipes for the drinks that won. Cafe de Caña by Todd Smith, Beretta Restaurant 1.5oz. Flor de Caña 18 year rum 1oz. fresh lemon .75oz. Averna Amaro .5oz. honey .5oz. egg white (optional) Garnish: "Coffee dirt" (ground Nicaraguan coffee beans & dark cane sugar) Method: Combine ingredients in mixing tin, shake hard. Serve in well chilled cocktail glass top with "coffee dirt." If no egg white is used rim 1/2 of glass... Read more →

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Homework for the weekend

More reading material from the internet: A travel story on seeking the best vodka in Warsaw. Ayyyy.com has a quiz on the lady lushes of television. (Answer is here.) Lauren Clark writes about breaking up with your favorite beer. I've had that happen with booze. I love St. Germain but I'm no longer in love with it. Le Mixeur lists a whole bunch of recipes with my favorite ingredient: Vinegar! VinegarWatch continues... The Underhill Lounge geeks out on why Savoy Cocktail Book drinks aren't very bitter. Chuck Cowdery gets all up in your grill about micro-distillers who are not craft... Read more →

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Yesterday I had a chance to check out La Mar Cebicher'ia Peruana, the fancy new Peruvian restaurant opening up on Pier 1 1/2 in San Francisco. Gorgeous space, delicious food. But you don't come to Alcademics to read about food. The drink menu is all about pisco, listing 12 pisco-based cocktails. It includes the Pisco Sour and Pisco Punch, of course, but a lot more creative drinks as well. Several of the drinks include chicha morada (a purple corn juice that looks and tastes a bit like purple grape juice), and many of them include passion fruit. There are some... Read more →

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Is it December yet?

These days it's not unusual to receive a press release about a new cocktail on the menu at a bar, and I applaud this. That's why I go to bars, after all, and tempting new drinks are tempting. But last week I received a release from Clock Bar in San Francisco that's odd because: 1. The full recipes are included. 2. None of the drinks are on the menu yet. 3. One of them won't be on the menu until December, when blood oranges come into season. And of course it looks like the one I most want to try.... Read more →

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