So I haven't blogged since May of 2011. Quite the slacker eh? I'm going to start to try again as part of our efforts to ramp up excitement for the FIFTH ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO COCKTAIL WEEK! Well, if this weekend's SF Chefs festival was any indication, Cocktail Week is going to be a huge success.
SF Chefs was a really fun, four session experience with all of my favorite chefs and bartenders hanging out in the same tent with rotating drinks and food, presentations, and lots of laughs. My Elixir team kicked cocktail ass as we cranked out hundreds of our five different cocktails featuring Brugal Rums and Cointreau (thanks to our great sponsors!). We made a Deadwood Punch (that is on the menu at Elixir now), a Cafe Tiki cocktail with Illy coffee and house-made tiki bitters, a Sparkling White Lady (made with the uber-cool commercial Perlini carbonation system, The Reasonnette (a choco-raisin rum old fashioned) and our delicious Gigantes Caipirinha.
Other great cocktails came from the Rye-On-Road team with Skyy Spirits, Neyah White and Gardner Dunn serving delicious Yamazaki whisky and Erick Castro's Beefeater Gin booth with Camper English and some 15 Romolo bartenders, and several others. Jacques Bezuidenhot ran the rotating Campari Negroni cart where there was a different Negroni variation being served by various SF Bartenders throught the weekend (I did a Basil Negroni with Square One Basil). Campari in turn donated $3000 to the Bartender Relief Fund! How great is that?
So, with all of that cocktail excitement at a food and wine event, what do you think Cocktail Week will be like?