8 Favorite Cocktails at Gaspar, Now OpenBy Virginia Miller | May 22, 2014 By Virginia Miller | May 22, 2014
Yesterday, we shared a sneak peek of the gorgeous new French brasserie from Restaurateur Franck LeClerc (of Gitane, Cafe Claude, etc.), including some early standout dishes. Today is the day Gaspar Brasserie officially opens to the public, sporting a gorgeous downstairs bar. It's time to talk about all the drinks that bar master Kevin Diedrich will be shaking there.
Diedrich first made his mark in San Francisco at Burritt Room when it opened, then he continued to make waves at Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen. His drink style is all about balance. But he's also got such a refined creativity, that his complex drinks often come off playful and relaxed. At Gaspar, he's pouring these skills into a menu focused on French spirits like Cognac, Armagnac and Calvados, in classic-style cocktails with a shot of fun: an ounce of pineapple juice here, an ounce of ginger beer there. There's a "hi octane" cocktail section ($12 each) and "lo octane" ($10) for lighter-alcohol, aperitif-style drinks. Here are some of our early favorites. 185 Sutter St., 415-576-8800