San Francisco

I wanted to share a recipe for a great classic drink that I found in my copy of the Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide, which dates from 1961. Exhaustive research in the form of a quick google search did not yield for me the origins of the drink, unfortunately. I’m guessing it’s been around for quite a while, and it has the advantage of being both delicious and bearing the name of my favorite U.S. city.

San Francisco ✯✯✯✯1/2
3/4 oz sloe gin
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters

Stir and strain into a small cocktail glass.

Being as the drink is vermouth (fortified wine) based, it makes a great preprandial (before dinner) tipple. The sweetness of the sloe gin also adapts it well to being a postprandial drink. I recommend the use of a high-quality sloe gin such as Plymouth. Budget sloe gins tend to be a little over-sweet to the point of viscosity.

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