Housemade Infused Vodka and Spirits in San Francisco
Jerry Brown Approves Housemade Infused Spirits! 5 Places to Find 'Em in Town
In addition to all the excitement over Cocktail Week, now mixologists around town are buzzed for another reason: yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 32, lifting the ABC's ban on making house-infused spirits such as vodkas, other liquors, and even sangria. Now that the Prohibition-era statute is kaput (even though it was rarely enforced), the only proper way to celebrate is to drink! Here are some spots around town where you can guzzle some 100-percent legal, house-infused spirits:
- Russian Hill date-night spot Street (2141 Polk St., 415-775-1055) has an extensive selection of house-infused vodkas, including pineapple "plus," apricot, sour cherry, cranberry, cucumber, anaheim habanero, sun-dried tomato, and fig, which is, as you know, one of my favorites!
- Chaya Brasserie (132 The Embarcadero, 415-777-8688) serves up a specialty cocktail, the Chaya Vitamin V Infusion ($8), which features vodka infused with fresh pineapple mixed with lychee, mango, and white peach or blood orange.
- SoMA's Nova Bar and Restaurant (555 Second St., 415-543-2282) is a home to a collection of Skyy vodka infusions, including the famed jalapeno-infused bloody mary. More than 20 other flavors include honey lavender, ginger, watermelon, wild blackberry, espresso, Fresno chile, and vanilla bean.
- TenderNob vegetarian restaurant Millennium (580 Geary St., 415-345-3900) has a rotating list of specialty infusions, including vodkas infused with basil, pepper, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomato, grapefruit, and more.
- Bourbon & Branch has tried its hand at a number of housemade infused spirits, including cucumber-infused vodka, strawberry-infused bourbon, pear-infused rye, honey-infused tequila, clove-infused vodka, black-pepper-infused gin, and more. Its brother bar, Rickhouse, the cathedral of cocktails, is also known for its infusions.
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