Monday, January 11, 2010

Bourbon and Branch

A couple of years ago for my birthday we went to Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco, it’s set up as a classic speakeasy, very period feeling.  You even have to get a password when you make reservation.  We had a wonderful time and remembered it well.  This last week we had the chance to go again and it was just as awesome.

They take their cocktail recipes very seriously and creatively.  They have an extensive cocktail menu with classics you have never heard of as well as their own creations.  I had two wonderful cocktails. 

Being a lesser alcohol girl I usually stay to Vodka, but since Vodka did not become common place in the US until the 1950’s you will not find it on their menus (not in their 1920’s theme).  But don’t be disappointed, they do fabulous things with Gin.  I’ve never thought of myself as a Gin fan (in fact I usually think “ack”),  however they do marvelous things there; I had a wonderful Gin cocktail called an Austrian Fizz.  Gin, Lemon, Grapefruit and St Germain Elderflower liquor - light and refreshing- really a wow.  The other’s name escapes me, it was something like Ginger Marmalade, made with Rum I think.

If you’re in the city and want to take a step out of time and relax, I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. I second Bourbon and Branch. I went for the first time this past summer to meet up with some friends for drinks and it was an amazing experience. We had reserved a table and they started us off with complimentary champagne (I don't know if they always do this). I then indulged in two amazing cocktails (Mama doesn't get out much these days!). I wish I had known ahead of time they don't serve food- not even a few pretzels or nuts. I was very impressed in the linen cocktail napkins :-)