SF On The Rocks

[Above: Buena Vista bartender Larry Nolan lines up the Irish Coffees. Photo courtesy of Buena Vista]

Does Jordan Mackay have the best job ever? Yes. Yes, he does. The wine and spirits editor for 7x7 wrote in his Buzzed blog about a historic San Francisco cocktail tour. We already knew San Francisco is drenched in alcoholic history, but had no idea of the extent to which our town contributed to the development of the cocktail menu.

From Irish Coffee at the The Buena Vista to Pisco Punch at the old Bank Exchange, our great city by the bay has been the site of a handful of notable cocktail inventions.

Mackay rightly points out that the tour ought to extend to the East Bay for a stop at Trader Vic’s, birthplace of the Mai Tai. We think as long as they’re crossing the bridge it should go all the way up to Martinez to discuss the inception of the Martini. You’d think tour sponsor Plymouth Gin would want that, but then it is a bit of a trek. Next year?

Historic Cocktails Tour of SF: History in a Glass
The Buena Vista [MenuPages]
The Buena Vista [Official Site]
Plymouth Gin [Official Site]


SF On The Rocks