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Thursday, May 22, 2008

World Cocktail Week Wrap Up

May 13, 1806 is historically known as the first use of the word "cock-tail" to describe a spirited drink. Now, May 13 is celebrated as World Cocktail Day. This year, in honor of The Museum of the American Cocktail's grand opening in New Orleans (July 21st during Tales of the Cocktail), many establishments around the world stretched the celebration into a full week. From New York to New Zealand, people gathered to celebrate.

San Francisco Cocktail Week (May 13 - 19) was the second annual celebration in the City, and we were thrilled to attend this party, founded by local legends H. Joseph Ehrmann, Jeff Hollinger and Duggan McDonnell. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market hosted a sold-out event Wednesday, May 14 focused on fresh produce and cocktails, with illustrious members of the San Francisco Chapter of the US Bartenders Guild mixing up seasonal sips. Saturday May 17 brought a discussion of cocktails in literature, led by author & historian David Wondrich along with other panelists.

Everybody was ready to celebrate the success of Cocktail Week when it came time for the Finale Party, which we co-hosted with the wonderful Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. The restaurant filled up with a veritable who's who of the City's best bartenders, local fans and representatives from the week's spirit sponsors. Chef Jamie Lauren of Absinthe put together delicious bites for the event, including fried pickles with rémoulade and curried lamb burgers. No one went home empty handed, thanks to the goodies provided by our friends*. The Imbibe Cocktail Jeff created for the event was a big hit and we cannot wait to do this again next year!

*Special thanks to our finale party product sponsors:
Averna | Christopher Elbow Chocolates | Dry Soda | Espresso Parts | Freshies Premium Cocktail Mixers | Museum of the American Cocktail | Partida Tequila | SakéOne | SKYY Spirits | The Roasterie | Widmer Brothers Brewing


Andrew said...

This was an incredible week. I hope it continues!

MetaGrrrl said...

It was a wonderful party again! Great company, delicious nibbles, and fantastic drinks from the human whirlwinds behind the bar. A big thank you to our hard-working hosts!

Thanks also to the sponsors for the gift bags - the recipe book in particular was a delightful surprise.

See you all in New Orleans (with more of our "I plead the 21st" buttons!) and next year in San Francisco!

Jen said...

The finale party was a blast! The cocktails were topnotch and those chocolates were heavenly. I loved the Imbibe drink..the first scotch cocktail I've ever had. Would it be possible to post the Soiree recipe too?

Imbibe said...

Hi Jen,

Here you go—cheers!

The Soirée
1 1/2 oz. Partida blanco tequila
1/2 oz. St. Germain liqueur
1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse
1/2 oz. lemon juice
2 dashes cinnamon chile tincture (recipe below)
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: jalapeño slice

Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass and shake for 10 to 15 seconds, or until well chilled. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.

Cinnamon-chili tincture
4 1/2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup cacao nibs
1 red bell peppers, diced
3 small sweet peppers, diced
2 Fresno chilies, diced
1 1/2 dried Thai dragon chilies, diced
1 bottle blanco tequila

Combine and allow flavors to steep for several days to taste. Strain and store.