Where to Drink: San Francisco

6 Spiced Cocktail Recipes from Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 6 Spiced Cocktail Recipes from Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco

[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

When asked how he is inspired to come up with new drinks, Bourbon and Branch bar manager Ian Scalzo says, "Cookbooks. I look for flavor profiles that I can accomplish with booze, and map it out from there." This ingredient-focused mentality permeates the menu at Bourbon and Branch, a modern day speakeasy located in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The drinks almost all use fresh herbs and spices, often in combinations rarely seen outside the kitchen.

Whether it's white rum mixed with sage and maple syrup or applejack garnished with rosemary, you'll find these cocktails have a remarkable freshness and fullness of flavor. Best of all, the newest batch of cocktails is perfect for fall, when a little nutmeg in my Porto Flip couldn't be more welcome.

Go Straight To the Recipes

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Winny De Puh »
Autoroute Alpine »
Medicine Man »
Samanthahain »
Porto Flip »

Bourbon and Branch

501 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA (map)
415-346-1735 www.bourbonandbranch.com


About the author: Carrie Vasios is the Community Manager of Serious Eats and writes the Wake and Bake, Cookie Monster, and Serious Entertaining columns. She likes perusing her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar.

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