East Coast-West Coast
It seems like there are growing tensions in the bartending world these days. The cocktail world is getting to be as New York-centric as Put It Up has gotten in the last couple weeks.
The main cocktail convention in the U.S. and probably the world is Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, which just wrapped up on Sunday. Reports are coming back that San Francisco bartenders got snubbed there. But that’s just the latest example of the tensions between Tales and Frisco. After SF cocktail week in May, the founders of Tales tweeted, tweeted about their displeasure with there being another big cocktail event. A few weeks later nominees for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Award for best bar in America were announced. All three were in NYC. I’ve been to two out of the three, and let me just say they pale in comparison to an Absinthe or an Alembic. 7×7 SF is reporting that only two out of thirty awards given throughout Tales’ history have gone to anyone in California.
You don’t have to look very hard to see the problems with all this. And all of this was before New York decided to host it’s own cocktail week on the same dates as San Fran next year. As if they’re trying to snuff us out.
All of this doesn’t really matter how under-appreciated we are, because the city of San Francisco has the strongest and most vibrant cocktail scene in America. Just come over for a weekend.
As a bonus, I’ve got a new cocktail, the Creole Sour after the jump.
1 oz Herbsaint
1 oz Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Dash of Peychaud’s Bitters
Fill a Collins glass 3/4 of the way full with crushed ice. Add ingredients and fill the rest of the way with more crushed ice. Stir until the glass is frosted.
I came up with this after noticing how nice lemon juice and triple sec complemented the pastis in the Nicky Finn and CR#2. The drink still felt like it needed something so a dash of bitters went in. The drink’s not perfect yet, so if you can make it at home, give me some input.