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San Francisco: 17 Sips and Bites from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market's 20th Anniversary Cocktail Party

[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

This week marks the 20th anniversary of San Francisco's iconic Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and we were invited to celebrate with cocktails and bites inspired by the season at last night's outdoor 'Cocktails At The Farmers Market' event. We sipped our way through the offerings, which included cocktails made with spring peas, strawberries, beets, and rhubarb from the bartenders of 15 Romolo, Tradition, Trick Dog, Lolinda, Hard Water, and others.

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The drinks were enhanced by the deft use of spring herbs: bay leaf and rose geranium flavored a soda that appeared in one cocktail while another aromatic option featured a spritz of absinthe infused with fresh verbena and thyme. One bartender paired sage with mezcal in one of our favorite drinks (we liked it so much that we forgot to take a picture), while another added tarragon to Asian pear juice and Irish whiskey.

Check out the slideshow for a peek at everything we drank (and ate) at the Ferry Plaza farmers market's boozy birthday party »

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is the editor of Serious Eats: Drinks. She lives in San Francisco. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.

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