Childhood favorites are being reinvented for adult pleasure and we scoped out some of city’s best spots for boozy milkshakes, soda-fountain inspired drinks and beer floats.
Burger Bar (Union Square)
Known for decadent burgers, such as their Remixed Rossini Burger (Kobe beef stuffed with braised short ribs, topped with a lobster tail, shaved black truffles and truffle sauce on an onion bun), Burger Bar in Union Square has a fantastic selection of adult milkshakes that will delight your palate and remind you of your carefree days of childhood. Try a French Kiss (vanilla ice cream, chocolate liquor, coffee liquor and topped with chocolate whipped cream) or a Pina Colada (vanilla ice-cream, pineapple, coconut rum, coconut flakes topped with whipped cream).
We all loved root beer floats as a child but have you ever had a beer float? Burger Bar offers two tasty creations that will surely “float your boat.” Their London Cloud is a sexy blend of Porter and coffee ice cream that is topped with whipped cream. We love their Raspberry Velvet which combines Lindeman’s raspberry beer and vanilla ice cream which is topped with a whipped cream finish. Drooling yet?
Source: Burger Bar San Francisco
The Corner Store (Inner Richmond, Laurel Heights)
Located on the corner of Masonic and Geary, The Corner Store is a local, neighborhood hangout with a soda-fountain feel and a menu filled with American classics with their own unique twists. As you walk in, jars of candy and pickled vegetables adorn the counters thus creating an authentic corner store vibe. With soda-fountain inspired favorites such as The 50/50 (spiced rum, orange marmalade and vanilla ice cream) and their Manhattan Shake (bourbon, sweet vermouth, cherry syrup and vanilla ice cream), you can enjoy a boozy milkshake while enjoying dishes such as Buffalo Sweetbreads (tossed in Frank’s Hot Sauce and paired with celery-radish salsa verde and blue cheese), Fried Green Tomato Sandwich (burrata, basil aioli, pickled red onion and avocado on a french roll) and their Meatball Sub (housemade tomato sauce, meatballs, burrata, french roll). Comfort food at its best, The Corner Store is ideal to release your inner child and enjoy American classics that have been deliciously reinvented.
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Derby Cocktail Co.
Now through October at the Fort Mason Off The Grid Market, every Friday you can enjoy compelling libations (snow cone cocktails anyone?) as Stag Dining Group has just launched The Derby Cocktail Co. Classic cocktails are revamped as they focus on barrel-aged, kegged and canned beverages and offer some of the rarest microbrews in the area. We love their snow cone cocktails such as the Cherry Negroni, which takes the classic cocktail of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth. The bitterness of the Campari blends beautifully the sweet cherry essence and yields a refreshing spin on a childhood favorite. Another favorite is their Bramble Snow Cone (below) made with gin, blackberry and lemon. Take our word, any of their Triple Crown Snow Cones will make you feel like a kids again, except they come with a boozy bonus.
Source: Derby Cocktail Co.
Many burger joints are ubiquitous with boozy milkshakes but KronnerBurger in the Mission has taken another childhood favorite and created a unique cocktail that will knock your socks off. Their ‘Scotcholate Milk’ is a savory blend of scotch, milk, cocoa, honey and salt. The addition of scotch gives it a smoky flavor which is balanced with the honey and makes for a fabulous after burger drink.