Stracciatella – Rolf and Daughters

Stracciatella - Rolf and Daughters
Zephyr squash, sunflower, aleppo, mint. $14
Rolf and Daughters, Nashville TN

This was tasty, but I wish I could have at least seen the stracciatella without all the stuff on top covering it up. It was weird to have the main ingredient away from view.

Peat Rose cocktail - Rolf and Daughters
Peat Rose cocktail. Rittenhouse rye, apple, lemon, grenadine, Laphroaig. $11

Manhattan and Bonal & Rye cocktails – The Box Social

Manhattan and Bonal & Rye cocktails - The Box Social
Knob Creek bourbon Manhattan. $9
Old Overholt rye, Bonal, orange liquer, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, orange peel. $10
The Box Social, Portland OR

I liked this place. They know how to make a decent cocktail and everyone was really friendly. These cocktails were also pretty tasty. Yay!

Fritto misto – Pesce

Fritto misto - Pesce
Calamari, shrimp, fennel, green beans, zucchini, marinara. $14
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fritto mistos! Who doesn’t love a plate of battered and deep fried seafood and vegetables?! I thought the marinara sauce was a little lame, but I’m not gonna complain too much. 🙂

Fall Smash cocktail - Pesce
Fall Smash: George Dickel rye, maple, lemon, mint, fresh cranberry. $10

Cocktails – Quoin

Rye-min and Stealin cocktail - Quoin
Rye-min’ and Stealin’: rye, grapefruit, Campari, rose water, Peychaud’s bitters. $9
Quoin, Seattle WA

The cocktails at Quoin are good, some of them a bit overpriced in my opinion. Both drinks I tried were tasty and distinct. I really can’t choose a favorite because they were so different and hard to compare. The Rye-min’ cocktail was definitely easier to drink and was probably the “girlier” drink. I guess what made the Macho Man-hattan so manly was the scotch rinse. You could definitely taste the distinct bite especially if you’re not a regular scotch drinker. I liked it though.

Macho Man-hattan cocktail - Quoin

Macho Man-hattan: rye, Antica formula, orange bitters, Islay scotch rinse. $12

Runners statue
Runners, David Govedare 1986.

House cocktails – Jardiniere

Pamplemousse Apertivo - Jardiniere

Pamplemousse Apertivo: Pamplemousse, aperol, lemon, sparkling wine, graprefruit bitters. $12
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

The house cocktails at Jardiniere were really well made and delicious. I think my favorite is between the Vieux Carre and the Pamplemousse Apertivo. They’re very different from each other, but both had distinct flavor profiles and went down way too easily. 😉

Vieux Carre - Jardiniere
Vieux Carre: Rittenhouse rye, Carpano, ‘Antica Formula’ sweet vermouth, Pierre Ferrand cognac, Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters. $12

Lexington and Vieux Carre - Jardiniere

Lexington (background): Buffalo Trace bourbon, gran classico, Cardamaro, cinnamon bitters. $12

Sazerac – The Alembic

Sazerac - The Alembic
“In New Orleans, they like to do things their own way. Judging by this famous variation on the old-fashioned, that way may be the right way. Rittenhouse 100 rye whiskey, the Crescent City’s own Peychaud’s bitters, a bit of sugar – and a glass rinsed with a green bitter liquid that shall remain nameless.” $11
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I’ve grown to appreciate a well-made sazerac. The Alembic knows how to make proper cocktails so I’m a happy man!

Banana people street art

Banana people street art, The Mission.

The Waldorf cocktail – Mission Bowling Club

The Waldorf cocktail - Mission Bowling Club

Classic cocktail with Bulleit rye, sweet vermouth, absinthe, bitters. $10
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

Hmm, I love Manhattans but the addition of absinthe is hit or miss for me. This drink was too absinthe-y for my taste so I thought the cocktail was just ok.

Colorful prism/ocean mural
Colorful prism/ocean mural, The Mission.

Cocktails – Comme Ca

Ramble cocktail - Comme Ca

Ramble: gin, sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, muddled raspberries, crushed ice.
Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV

Mmm, I LOVED the cocktails at Comme Ca! There were plenty to choose from and they were all deilcious and very different. AND during happy hour they are half off – SCORE!

Sazerac cocktail - Comme Ca
Sazerac: rye whiskey, sugar, peychaud bitters, absinthe.

Hemingway daiquiri - Comme Ca

Hemingway Daiquiri: silver rum, maraschino liquor, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice.

Rose Eight cocktail - Comme Ca
Rose Eight: 108.2′ bourbon, orange juice, fresh lemon juice, honey/grenadine, rose flower water.

New York sour cocktail - Comme Ca
New York Sour: bourbon, sugar, egg white, freshly squeezed lemons, red wine float.

Shimmy Flappers cocktail - Comme Ca
Shimmy Flappers: vodka, aperol, fresh lemon juice, sugar, red wine float.

Manhattan rye – Region

Manhattan rye - Region

Templeton rye whiskey, antica formula, morello cherry juice. $10
Region, San Francisco CA

Boy, do they like to keep this place dark! I guess it’s to create a cool, hip atmosphere but it seems too much when it’s early on and SO bright and sunny outside. This cocktail was OK, but perhaps with too much cherry juice.

Stranded jellyfish
Stranded jellyfish at Fort Funston.

Cocktails 2 – Beretta

Lone Wolf cocktail - Beretta
Lone Wolf – bourbon, lemon, averna, gomme, cardamom. $10
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Mmm, the cocktails at Beretta are usually very tasty. BUT our first cocktail, however, took forever to come out. I don’t know if the waitress forgot to ring it up or they lost the ticket, but she eventually came over to apologize for the long delay. Not a good way to start a meal. I hate poor timing!

Improved Whiskey Cocktail - Beretta
Improved Whiskey Cocktail – rye, dubonnet, maraschino, absinthe. $11

Vamos Gigantes Mural
The “Vamos Gigantes” Mural, The Mission. Taking pride in the San Francisco Giants baseball team!