SF: Cocktails at Local Edition
Local Edition is part of the Future Bars empire that includes Bourbon & Branch with the bar within a bar Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency, Rickhouse and more. Located in the busy Union Square area, we ducked in after a snack at Bun Mee across the street.
It was about 7 in the evening but this post-work crowd wasn’t disappearing to dinner so we waited a bit for space near the bar and eventually drinks.
Refreshing “foodie” drinks seemed to be in order. I suspect the Cocchi mentioned for Rosebud tequila drink is Cocchi Americano but it’s not specified on the menu. I was initially afraid it’d be too sweet because of the vanilla syrup but the aromatics; lemon, basil, black pepper and sea salt helped reel it in.
I loved the Yellow Kid though I was initially put off by the idea of dill in my drink. It wasn’t morning and it wasn’t a Bloody Mary but I can see both of these drinks as great brunch drinks.
Rosebud – reposado tequila, Cocchi, lemon, vanilla syrup, basil, black pepper, sea salt
Yellow Kid – gin, lemon, dill syrup, Velvet Falernum, Vya dry vermouth, ginger beer
Then I went brown, bitter and stirred. Mixing Scotch whisky and rum? Why not? I suspect the China China listed is Bigallet’s China China Amer, a bitter orange aperitif. This was a delightful cocktail and fits the film noir feel of the bar.
Bulldogge – Scotch, Santa Teresa 1796 rum, China China, tobacco tincture
If I’m in San Francisco, it seems only natural a pisco drink is in order. Like a revved up pisco sour, the Rexroth shines with the help of Amaro Nonino (walnut amaro) and a touch of pink peppercorn. It inspired a purchase of pink peppercorn for my home bar though I’ve been mixing with pink peppercorn for a while.
Rexroth– pisco, Amaro Nonino, pineapple gomme, egg white, lemon, Peychaud’s bitters, pink peppercorn
I’m glad I had a chance to check out Local Edition. It’s always fun to see what bars in other cities are doing. Based on this visit and to Trick Dog the next night, it was a successful trip!