A few weeks back, I visited The Dorian here in San Francisco for the first time with a friend of mine and we loved it! In addition to a delicious food menu (oysters! truffle fries!) — their bar menu was extremely substantial. In addition, they offer one of the most extensive whiskey list I’ve ever seen (seriously look at this thing).
Before dinner, I had one of their thoughtfully crafted signature cocktails, called The Alibi, which included bourbon, lemon juice, salted pistachio, orange marmalade and angostura bitters. It was very tasty.
When I got home, I attempted to recreate the recipe. It was pretty straight-forward to figure out and the recipe below should match the in-bar experience I had at The Dorian. One catch, the homemade salted pistachio orgeat – it was not something I had in my home bar (or had ever tried before to be honest!).
A quick google search later, I located easy to follow directions for it over at the Alcohol Professor (a fine blog!), which adds a step, but is definitely worth it. For a slightly different taste, I assume you could also use traditional Orgeat (made with almonds) which I usually tend to have in my fridge. Try it out at home – or if you’re in San Francisco, check it out at The Dorian!
(loosely adapted from The Dorian, SF)
So, there it is – hope you enjoy it!
I don’t watch the show Parks and Recreation, I’m more of an action/sci-fi/cop drama gal (go Castle!), but when I was digging around for some on-screen cocktail moments in preparation for an Oscars post that never materialized, I discovered something else. Apparently last month Parks & Rec poked a bit of fun at “Molecular Mixology” and had to dig up the clip to share with all of you!
With apologies to any Parks & Rec/Geeks with Drink crossover fans, here’s the recap: A group of geeky guys are failing at giving a bachelor party and one suggests going to the new bar in town that embraces molecular mixology, described as “an experimental new way to consume alcohol”. The guys agree all alcohol is good, so they head to the bar.
Cut to me laughing my craft-cocktail guzzling butt off as the waiter sets down cotton candy “beer” and a candy apple red globe holding some sort of steam vapor martini (“may I go ahead and chisel your aroma sphere?”). The gruff looking older man of the group who had so boisterously proclaimed there was no “wrong way” to consume alcohol moments before, promptly quips “This is the wrong way to consume alcohol.” before being quite horrified by his whiskey infused hand lotion. Well played Parks & Rec. Well played.
I know it’s a joke, but I am now trying to figure out how to make beer-flavored cotton candy not sound like a horrible idea.
It’s my birthday today (w00t!) and we’re going to what I lovingly call “the pirate bar” (Smugglers Cove) here in San Francisco before dinner.
I’m in search of a great birthday drink (probably with rum, since it is a pirate bar after all) will report back on how it turns out!