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A Look at The Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco

The Ice Cream Bar opens Saturday, January 21 in San Francisco. I popped in last night for a preview. A bunch of jerks! (Soda jerks, that is.) The beverage program is run by Russell Davis, formerly of Bourbon & Branch, and the program is based around Fix the Pumps , the recent book on soda fountains by Darcy O'Neil. The menu is split into Frappes & Floats, Crushes, Malts & Milkshakes, Phosphates, Panacea (a tonic), Lactarts, and Classics. There is also a list of fountain syrups and house-made extracts to flavor sodas. The physical soda fountain is from the 1930s... Read more →

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The Non-Alcoholic Campari & Soda

I may still be figuring out the best techniques to use to dehydrate Campari and other liqueurs, but I have enough successful powder around now to start using. My first drink was the Campari & Soda, using dehydrated Campari powder. It should be essentially non-alcoholic as the alcohol burns off long before the water before it becomes solid. After a few tries to get the ratios right, here's what works.: Take a 3-4 ounce glass of soda water, add a tablespoonfull of dehydrated Campari powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of 2:1 simple syrup. I found that 1:1 added the sweetness necesary... Read more →

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The Children's Wine List

I was researching some cocktail bars and came across the website for Scoma's, an old San Francisco seafood restaurant near Fisherman's Wharf. Looking for the cocktail menu I found the page below (click to enlarge). And I saw the Children's Wine List. "CHILDREN'S WINE LIST? THAT'S FANTASTIC!" I said to myself. (I always talk to myself in capslock.) But it turns out that those are two different links for the children's menu and the wine list. Oh well. Still I love the idea of having a children's wine list (purple grape juice, white grape juice), a kids' beer list (root... Read more →

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