The siren song of a well crafted cocktail is enough of a thirst quencher for most drinkers, but a cocktail that looks like it came straight out of your childhood fantasy? A round for everyone, please! Make it a double.
That’s what’s going on at San Francisco watering (rabbit) hole Lord George. The bar is playing host to guest bartender Kate Bolton of Portland’s venerable Ava Gene’s (she was Eater‘s Bartender of the Year 2012), who designed the menu to include creative odes to the Lewis Carroll classic, including: “Advice from a Caterpillar” that uses billowing applewood smoke and “Mad Hatter” punch that’s served in a teacup, along with bittered sugar cubes on a teaspoon (check out the slideshow above). Her entire menu is online as part of a rotating rockstar bartender series fittingly called Mavericks.
Bolton’s menu runs through June and 50 cents of each one of her cocktails will be donated to a charity of her choice. If you can’t make it in to try one of her fantastical concoctions, here’s a cocktail from Lord George you can make at home. It’s an Old Fashioned/ Negroni/ Manhattan hybrid for those who can’t decide what they want to drink.
Dreams Old Men Dream
Recipe by Dustin Sullivan for Lord George
Old Fashioned Glass – Large Rock – Build in Beaker
- 0.75 oz Carpano Antica
- 0.5 oz Rittenhouse Rye
- 0.5 oz Four Roses Bourbon
- 0.5 oz Beefeater Gin
- 0.25 oz Campari
- 1/8 teaspoon simple syrup
- 4 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir and single strain over large rock. Top with orange twist.