Farmers Market Cocktail Night: Summer Savory
Recently I went to a savory cocktail tasting hosted by CUESA. Most of the details are pretty blurry, it being a cocktail tasting, but it was one of those fantastic nights that makes me grateful I live in San Francisco. The event featured drinks and snacks from some of the best bars in town, and my friends and I had a fabulous evening of sipping and nibbling our way through all of the offerings. The best part was chatting with the members of the bartenders guild who were crafting our libations. It’s fun to talk shop with people who are as obsessed with well made cocktails as I am.
The most controversial drink of the night was a lamb infused cocktail that also featured artichoke liqueur and a lamb sausage and radish garnish. I noticed that a good percentage of people left that drink unfinished which kind of boggled my mind. (Rude! Also, it was free booze!)
My favorite hors d’oeuvres were the pickled egg crustinis from Comstock Saloon. I adore fancy pants versions of old man bar food.
My favorite drinks were the ones offered by Bourbon and Branch and Smuggler’s Cove. Because they were the last tables we visited, I don’t have any recollection of what was actually in the cocktails, but I remember them being a delight.
If you would like to get your mind blown by what serious bartenders can do with fresh local produce, join CUESA’s email list and get tickets to the next tasting they host. It’s absolutely worth it.