I’m typically a wine/light beer/champy-kinda girl. Cocktails like Jack & Coke or pre-bottled mixes turn me off.
If I’m drinking a cocktail it has to be pretty FN-ing amazing…San Fran is known for its craft cocktail bars, so I def took advantage of that this past weekend ( whoops! ).
So. Let’s be clear: craft cocktails are completely different than bottle service at a club. In my opinion, it’s slim pickings in regular bars/clubs/restaurants. So when I come across an insane speakeasy-type bar, I’m pretttty excited.
Reasons I’m a craft cocktail brat:
+ The freshest ingreds, ever. Usually from the local farmer’s market.
+ Made with in-house bitters & syrups ( << so there’s no added chemical crap ).
+ Delicious, unique flavor pairings.
+ Seasonal fruits are celebrated. Examps: fresh berries in the summer or grapefruit in the winter.
+ Herbs galore…basil, mint, thyme, cilantro, etc.
+ All of the bartenders are typically mixologists & know their shit.
On Friday night we went to a lil gem called Big Speakeasy. I died & went to heaven when the hottie bartender made me a kumquat, rye bourbon, Meyer lemon, & cayenne cocktail with the freshest ingredients ever. Some other craft bars we tested out in SF: The Alembic Bar, Local Edition, Absinthe, & Tradition Mixology Bar. All these have amaze cocktails & ambience ( << think Roaring 20’s/Prohibition era/secret entrances ).
Trust me, taste a fresh craft cocktail & you’ll never go back to drinking a sickie, overly concentrated cranberry, vodka soda.