The holidays are here and we're ready to eat, drink and be merry. And whether you're looking to spread holiday cheer or just cheers the end of another soulless year (in which case, have we got a cookie recipe for you), San Francisco's has the cocktail you need.
We keep things seasonal around here, so there are plenty of warm, farm-fresh cocktails with ingredients like housemade pine syrup, whiskey barrel aged smoked pepper sauce and rhubarb bitters. (Plus, San Francisco's fabulous assortment of dives, of course.)
But just like its residents, this city's cocktails vary wildly in personality and one drink certainly doesn't fit all. So check out our handy slideshow below for a tour de bar of San Francisco holiday cocktails for every San Franciscan:
You love the holidays. Just so long as they don't involved flocked trees or any seasonal music besides the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Keep things elegant with some Foreign Cinema Eggnog: hot brandy, a house whip of egg, cream, vanilla and sugar, a decadent dark rum float, and a tasteful cinnamon stick and nutmeg shave on top. That bay leaf garland looks lovely, by the way.
You celebrate the solstice, not the holidays, so you want something nontraditional. The Chokehold at Albany's Hotsy Totsy Club made our list the moment we saw the bartender using cynar artichoke liqueur. (Chokehold, ha!) And with spiced run, elderflower liqueur and fresh lemon, it's a perfectly balanced mouthful of a cocktail.
We know who you are, you family-photo-mailing, colored-light-stringing fool. Saddle up to the bar with all the other tourists and order yourself an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista. (They've only been making it for 60 years.) We'll be the snobby locals hiding in the corner pretending that it's not the best Irish Coffee we've ever tasted.
Say no more, my friend. Just head to the Alembic for a Vice Grip: coffee rum liqueur, brachetto d'aqui and porter foam. As the menu states, "that's liquor, wine, coffee and beer all in the same glass. What you do with the rest of your night is up to you."