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Christopher Longoria can appreciate a good classic cocktail, but that doesn't mean he wants to drink one with his dinner. "I wanted to have an alternative to a spirituous cocktail program," Longoria told us of his ten-drink menu at the newly opened 1760 in San Francisco. "The flavor profile here is fresh, approachable, interesting, and balanced—I just want cocktails that pair well with food."
Longoria, who previously manned the bar at Aziza, is no stranger to incorporating flavors and techniques often used by chefs into his cocktails. At 1760, he's relishing the opportunity to expand this repertoire—from adding teaspoons of straight spices to drinks to making sous-vide shrubs to creating flavored ice cubes.
"Where chefs use fire, I use ice. I still pick my fresh herbs and measure my spices," he said of the drinks, which include dashes of cumin, cardamom, and garam masala. "I want to really master techniques that extract the most flavor."
"This can become a destination for really good cocktails in this neighborhood," Longoria said of the Polk Street restaurant, the more casual sibling to Acquerello around the corner on Sacramento. We got a peek at a few of the cocktails they're serving—check them out in the slideshow above »
About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who is based in San Francisco. Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.