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Much like a Chanel suit or a Louis Vuitton handbag, there are many cocktails that never go out of style. Let’s face it, in the cocktail world, classic is the new black and we are enjoying sipping on signature drinks from the era that started a revolution. As complex cocktails and fresh ingredients are becoming more mainstream, restaurants and bars are putting more emphasis on mixology and reintroducing drinks of the past with their own unique flair. Here are some of our favorites.
Snoop Dogg is right, sippin’ on gin and juice is a pretty tasty way to relax (laid back) especially with the classic gin gimlet. While there are many theories as to the origin of the cocktail and recipes that vary from using fresh lime juice to Rose’s lime and either vodka or gin, many bars are giving the gimlet a modern spin and making it their own. Rye in the Tenderloin pours a beautiful Basil Gimlet that consists of fresh basil, lime juice, raw sugar and your choice of gin or vodka. Simple and classic, we love this modern spin with basil, as its natural liquorice flavor is accentuated with the juniper essence of the gin.
Tracing back to the early 1800’s, the Old Fashioned was once described as “a potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water, and sugar,” as so was mentioned in the May 1806 issue of The Balance and Columbia Repository when the editor was asked to define the word cocktail. With many variations of this concoction appearing the the late 1860’s, the original recipe became known as an “Old Fashioned” and was made predominantly with bourbon. Many cocktail books of the late 1800′s and 1900’s document the recipe as being made with gin in place of bourbon, which is more common. Although the drink has always been a staple at most bars, it surged in popularity and became more mainstream in 2007 after Don Draper, lead character in the show Mad Men, said it was his cocktail of choice. Bar Agricole in SoMa takes the Old Fashioned and pays tribute to its classic roots and gives it their own flair as they combine rye gin, with gum syrup, bitters and two lemon zests. Using dry rye gin from St. George Spirits, it creates a gin drink for whiskey lovers who will love its warm and spicy taste with the natural essence of bitters, citrus, stone fruit, and ginger.
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With several stories about the history of the classic cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters, one thing for sure is that is it one of the six classic cocktails listed in in David A. Embury‘s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Blackbird in the Castro revamps this classic with Evan Williams Single Barrel, Old Overholt, Carpano Antica and bitters. Slightly spicy with hints of oak, honey, apple and orange, Evan Williams Single Barrel shines in this cocktail and the addition of Old Overholt, which is the oldest and most famous Straight Rye Whiskeys on the market, gives this drink complexity yet a nice balance. The real star of this cocktail is the Carpano Antica which boasts aromas of mint, herbs, plums and figs. The palate will notice hints of cocoa, red wine, spice and toffee as this sweet vermouth makes for a stellar Manhattan.
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Sometimes things are better the second time around and we love sipping on these tastes from the golden era of cocktails.