Broken Maiden at Rich Table ($10)
For a refreshing springtime riff on a Manhattan, Rich Table's Broken Maiden features Brown Label vermouth from Potrero Hill's Sutton Cellars. The floral, herbal, slightly citrusy local vermouth is mixed with Eagle Rare 10 Year bourbon and Bonal Gentiane-Quina, lending the rich, full-flavored drink a clean, dry finish.
Rye Gin Old Fashioned at Bar Agricole ($12)
We know more than a few people who name this unusual Old Fashioned one of their favorite drinks in the city. The star is Dry Rye Gin from St. George Spirits in Alameda: this malty, spicy spirit is like no gin you've tried before. They start with unaged rye as the base spirit for this copper pot-stilled gin, with a double punch of juniper berries along with black peppercorn, caraway, coriander, and citrus peels. At Bar Agricole, the silky gin is blended with Small Hand gum syrup and dashes of two housemade bitters (one is similar to Angostura, the other is made with sour cherries). These act as subtle accompaniments to the gin's distinctive flavor, which is further amplified thanks to garnish of two citrus twists. If it's not listed on the current menu, you can ask for this Bar Agricole standard by name.
Bret & Jemaine at Dosa ($11)
Dosa worked with Old World Spirits, based in Belmont, to create a custom edition of the distillery's Blade Gin for this drink. Inspired by the flavors of South Indian cuisine, the gin is infused with curry leaves, cardamom, coriander, star anise, ginger, cilantro, black pepper, and cinnamon, lending it a fragrant, vividly spiced flavor. At Dosa, they serve the gin blended with rich creme de peche, Pur Spice liqueur, grapefruit, kiwi, and ginger ale for a drink with a spicy kick.
Noble Buck at The Corner Store ($10)
Cyrus Noble bourbon, which is produced in Kentucky and aged for five years in San Francisco in white oak casks, is front and center in this drink at The Corner Store. The bourbon's caramel-rich flavor is enhanced with housemade pineapple syrup and Cock & Bull ginger beer—it might remind you of an aged rum drink, with the added nutty heft of bourbon. An infusion of cayenne pepper makes for a slow-building, belly warming spice.
Modern Bond at Serpentine ($9.50)
The Modern Bond at Serpentine is a double hit of local goodness, in addition to being a fun riff on an old classic. Featuring Anchor Distilling Hophead Vodka and Distillery 209 Gin, enlivened with the bitter citrus tang of Cocchi Americano and a lemon twist. The Distillery 209 gin serves well as a subtle base, while, the floral, herbal side of Anchor Distilling's Hophead Hop Vodka (which is distilled with two types of hops) really shines.