Cocktail Review & Recipe: The Alibi at The Dorian SF

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!

The Alibi Cocktail Recipe

(loosely adapted from The Dorian, SF)


  • 2 oz Bourbon (I recommend Bulleit)
  • 1/2 oz fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Salted Pistachio Orgeat (directions here)
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Marmalade
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Orange slice (garnish)


  • Combine bourbon, lemon juice, orgeat, bitters with ice and shake hard. Strain over fresh ice cubes into a cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with orange slice.

So, there it is – hope you enjoy it!

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