Hog & Rocks is a new restaurant and bar opening July 4th in the Mission District of San Francisco. I got a sneak peek at the cocktail menu, pasted below. (I am doing so many of these posts maybe I should rename Alcademics to NewSFBarMenuWebsite.com.)
The menu was developed by Christine D'Abrosca, formerly a bartender at Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco and Seven Grand in Los Angeles. As you can see, the menu is made up of classics- Hurricane, Margarita, Pisco Sour, Bloody Mary, Whiskey Sour, Manhattan, Martini, Tom Collins, Tequila Sunrise, and Brandy Alexander.
If the drinks look slightly 1970's there's a reason for that. D'Abrosca asked a bartender relative (I think her mother, but I'd had a couple by this point) what were the cocktail standards that she used to serve, and put those drinks on the menu.
Furthermore, instead of bringing in an all-star bartending team she is training the bar staff from scratch. She noted that a lot of the young bar stars of today put together wild ingredients but don't know the basic structure of sours, Collins, fizzes, etc., so she's starting her crew on the basics and says ingredients like homemade bitters and syrups will come to the menu later.This could be an interesting experiment in bar training and mentorship.
Hog & Rocks is located at 3431 19th Street, between Mission and Valencia. Opening July 4.