You may have stumbled upon his Lower Nob Hill watering hole; you may have had his signature cocktail, The Laughing Buddha; you may have even discussed the history of San Francisco cocktails with him. For those who don’t know, we’re talking about Duggan McDonnell, “the new dean of western cocktail writing,” who, after seven years of operating Cantina on a foundation of farmer’s market produce and historical cocktail wisdom has summed up his knowledge thus far in a tome called “Drinking the Devil’s Acre: A Love Letter from San Francisco and her Cocktails.”
Last month, Wingtip’s very own Brandon Bigalke competed in Bombay Sapphire’s Regional Finals for the 9th Annual “World’s Most Imaginative Bartender” competition. Held at the of-the-moment Mission bar Forgery, the event was the last stop on the tour, pitting six bartenders against each other to find out who would represent San Francisco at the North American Finals.
We’re always looking for new ways to ratchet up our home bar techniques a notch. For presentation, we like the look of a gold cocktail pick skewering a brandied cherry in a rust-colored Manhattan. And for pure drama, we’re strong proponents of the saber, but we also enjoy the sound and fury of a three-prong ice pick shredding a berg of ice. More ideas after the jump.
We here at Wingtip strive to do things in a certain traditional way. We make Manhattans the way they have always been made. We make Old Fashioneds the old fashioned way. We drink beer from mugs and whisky from Glencairn glasses. So when I was tasked with putting the Tuxedo Cocktail #2 on the menu I dug deep into my brain to recall the recipe of this great Martini variation.
This week the club serves up a Negroni de Peru in honor of Negroni Week (June 1-7). This collaborative effort of Campari and Imbibe Magazine shines the spotlight on that most-balanced trifecta of cocktails, the Negroni (equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari). Of course, the one we’re serving up is a little different.
Hosting a cocktail party this season and want to show off your serious cocktail chops? Here’s the article that I promised would follow up my recent “Stocking Your Home Bar For The Holidays”: Five drinks I love right now. And, in case you’re wondering, almost all of the spirits mentioned can be found at our Bank Of Wine & Spirits.
So you’ve got your man cave turned into a turn-of-the-century saloon, replete with spittoons and period-specific American flags. But the only booze in the place is drips and dregs of parties bygone, you know, some oxidized vermouth, triple sec, and a full-bottle of grenadine. Well, have no fear, I am here to lend a hand in the stocking of your liquor cabinet–before your holiday guests arrive. And, yes, any of these spirits can be picked up at Wingtip’s Bank Of Wine & Spirits.
Our first ever rum event is approaching. Come join Willie Shine, overall good guy, funny bar man with funny stories, and national brand ambassador for Appleton Rum. Willie will be discussing the history of this amazing category while our Bar Director, Brian MacGregor, will be whipping up some classic and not so classic Rum Cocktails… Read more »
To celebrate the World Cup this month, we will be pouring $10 caipirinhas at the club for the duration of the tournament. The caipirinha is Brazil’s national drink, and while we never exactly forgot about it, we want to shift focus to it–at least until the World Cup is claimed.
Recently I went on the coolest educational trips–it knocked the socks off any high school field trip I remember. Givaudan, the world’s largest flavor and fragrance company, who enjoy a partnership with UC Riverside that grants them unrestricted access to their world-class citrus groves, invited five bartenders, including myself, to explore rare citruses and learn how natural flavors are made.