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Cocktail Menu: The Fifth Floor in San Francisco

The Fifth Floor restaurant has another new bar manager, this time Brian Means, who was most recently at Zero Zero. There's also a new cocktail list that just launched with a focus on gin and whisky drinks. 

The full cocktail list has a few ongoing sections showing Kimpton Hotel Group mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout's influence, the Martini Over Time menu and a page of Negroni variations. 

There are two additional pages of drinks that I had a chance to try. Some notes are below the ingredients. 

Spanish Maiden
House infused Buddha Hand Tequila, Vida Mezcal, St. Germain, Rose Geranium, Habanero

Pink Elephant
Beefeater Gin, Rosato Vermouth, Pineapple gum, Orange bitters, smoked Absinthe

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The Commodore
Clement Martinique Rhum, Blackstrap Gastrique, Lime, Ginger Ale

This drink was one of my favorites on the menu (vinegar!) and comes with a cocktail sphere. I believe the sphere flavor changes daily. This one had dehydrated Aperol on top of the sphere for a nice crunch. 


Jewish Mother
Bulleit Rye, Navarro Pinot Noir, Amaro Ciociaro, House Black Walnut Bitters

A nice Manhattan variation with gold dust on top.

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Nail in the Coffin
Yamazaki Whiskey, Dry Madeira, Liqor 43, Fernet

Sun Also Rises
House Spirits White Whiskey, Black Tea infused Vermouth, Peach bitters, Grapefruit

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Sparrows in the City
Oro Pisco, Applejack, Pomegranate, Lemon

A delicious, juicy drink, and they "put a bird on it"

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New Vieux
Cragganmore Scotch, Marie Daffau Armagnac, Ellestad’s Hercules, Velvet Falernum, Angostura bitters

Boston Tea Party
Greylock Gin, Meyer Lemon Cordial, Rooibos & Chai Tea

Espolon Reposado Tequila, Lustau Sherry, Daron Calvados, Orange Bitters

Sherry and tequila, one of my favorite combinations. 

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Red Dawn
Square One Vodka, Limoncello, Lemon, Pomegranate

 And for dessert, I tried the Fernet Three Ways - fernet ice cream, Jelinek fernet served neat, and a cocktail called the Fernet For All.

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Cheryl Stoy

Scheduled to be there in 2 weeks for a meeting...will definitely hit this one up.


Wow! Mouth-watering photos and descriptions.

Brian Means

Gotta love the Portlandia in there, although I don't think I'm as scared of birds as they are....if one flies in I don't think I'd trash the bar


What is a cocktail sphere??

Camper English

A gelatinous blog containing a cocktail inside. Here's an example: http://www.molecularrecipes.com/spherification/spherical-pear-elderflower-martini-recipe/


Thank you!

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