Cocktail Hour: Barrel-Aged Drinks at the Bonneville
This isn’t your average side car. As part of their new menu, the hip New American restaurant on Cesar Chavez has launched a barrel-aged drink program, starting with the Double Parked Side Car (or the Double Pahked Side Cah in chef and co-owner Chris Hurley’s Boston accent). The traditional cocktail uses cognac and Cointreau and gets a boost by being aged in oak barrels for almost nine weeks, which mellows the spirits for this particular drink. Next up will be a Manhattan, followed by tequila and rum drinks.
Of course, the barrel-aged cocktails aren’t the only exciting thing on the drink menu. Also try the Old Friend, a nod to the bartender’s handshake of yore (the tale told is that when the craft cocktail movement first started in San Francisco, bartenders hanging out at other bars would be greeted with a glass of Fernet - i.e., the “bartender’s handshake”). The drink features rye, Fernet Branca, Velvet Falerum, housemade grenadine, lemon juice and smoky bitters.
And keep in mind that happy hour is every day at the Bonneville from 4:30 to 7 PM.