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Drink This Now: 7 cocktails worth drinking

El Presidente at Bar Agricole

With spring officially here, we’re dreaming of strolling through garden parties, cocktail in hand or just sipping on a spring forward freshie at one of our favorite spots. Without any more stalling—read on for San Francisco’s best cocktails of the right now.

El Presidente at Bar Agricole
For spring, you want a cocktail that hints at tropical flavors but still keeps you dry and warm. At the James Beard–nominated Bar Agricole, order the El Presidente, a classic drink inspired by Havana’s El Floridita. The cocktail melds soft flavors of white rum, vermouth blanc, curacao, and grenadine with a jolt of orange bitters for balance.

Spiced Mezcal Sour at Palm House
In the mood for flavors that remind you of warm weather and island life? Head to the Marina’s Palm House, where lovers of mezcal can raise a glass of the spiced mezcal sour. This riff on more traditional sour drinks combines smoky mezcal with St. George spiced pear liqueur, honey, lemon, and chile salt for a sweet tang with a sharp finish.

Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma at Sparrow Bar & Kitchen
A standard paloma, the margarita’s milder cousin, brings together tequila with grapefruit soda. Sparrow Bar & Kitchen on Haight Street raises the bar with their blood orange and thyme paloma, mixing tequila soju with the bright flavors of blood orange and lime. The best part? The glass is topped off with a thyme-salted rim.
Sleepyhead at Trou Normand
Armagnac, the distinctive brandy from the Gascony region of southwestern France, is the star of the show in Trou Normand’s Sleepyhead cocktail. Mixed with ginger, mint, and cava (a sparkling white wine from Spain), the Sleepyhead is at once rich in flavor yet light and refreshing—a perfect accompaniment to Trou Normand’s equally Francophile-inspired menu.

Aburiya Kinnosuke

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The #11 at Trick Dog
Don’t let the difficult pronunciation—or the inscrutable Chinese characters—in the name dissuade you from ordering the #11 cocktail at Trick Dog. The bar program here was also nominated for a James Beard award, and in this light, floral drink, Absolut vodka melds with flavors of chamomile liqueur, crème de violette, grapefruit, lime, and anis. It tastes like the first day that you see flowers budding on the trees.

Mezcal Mule at Loló
When you walk into the colorful Mission interior of Loló, you know you’ll be greeted with one of the best mezcal and agave-based liquor selections in San Francisco. To taste the quality of the smoky liquor, order the Mezcal Mule, which combines mezcal and tequila with pomegranate molasses, angostura, and ginger beer, and is served over crushed ice. Oh, and don’t forget the pomegranate seed garnish on top.

Dorothy’s Distraction at Cotogna
The head-turning excellence of this Jackson Square favorite isn’t limited to the classic-Italian-with-a-California-twist menu; it also extends to their small yet modern cocktail list. Order a Dorothy’s Distraction and sip on rye whiskey with Pimms, lemon, grand poppy, and honey. It’s perfect as a starter—or a sweet finish—to your meal.
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