Looking to shake things up the next time you’re eating out? Flip over to the cocktail menu for a handcrafted drink that’ll add an exciting twist to your meal. Whether it’s a splash of something smoky, a fruity concoction or a savory blend straight up or on the rocks, San Francisco is home to a cocktail fix for every taste. Here are 11 inspired beverages to experience in the City by the Bay:
A South American classic, the pisco sour is reimagined two ways at Mochica. The Chica Sour is made with Chica Morada (a sweet Peruvian beverage made from purple corn) and the Maracuya Sour with passion fruit reduction — both shaken with fresh lime juice, simple syrup and egg whites.
Made with fresh grapefruit, gin, dry vermouth (a fortified wine flavored with botanicals like flowers, seeds and herbs), lime and Angostura bitters, the Grapefruit Gimlet brings a kick of flavor, sure to liven up the night.
Citrusy and bright, the Greyhound’s Tooth at Spruce consists of Russian Standard Platinum Vodka, Bénédictine (a French herbal liqueur), grapefruit, lemon and grapefruit bitters for a refreshing wake-up call.
A perfect match for Myriad Gastro Pub’s globally inspired comfort food, the Forbidden Lowball has Cardamaro (an Italian digestif flavored with herbs and spices), lime, ginger beer and Forbidden Bitters.
For something a bit creamier, try The Mexican Dude, La Urbana’s mix of homemade horchata (a Mexican beverage often made with ground almonds, rice, barley or sesame seeds), rum, Borghetti espresso-coffee liqueur and cinnamon.