Cocktail Recipe – The McKinley from Park Tavern, San Francisco
San Francisco has long been known as a city where one can obtain both world class food and drink. Park Tavern, which recently opened on picturesque Washington Square in the city’s North Beach Neighborhood, aims to honor this tradition. The restaurant has been lauded for their food and for good reason (a link to the menu can be found here). Equal measure of attention will undoubtedly be directed toward the bar.
The ethos at the Park Tavern bar is local but not so much in the sense of local produce. Instead, the goal here is to honor the legacy and spirit of this great city and the region in general. The bar is carefully stocked with a number of local spirits and beers all in the service of the locally themed cocktail menu (a full review of which will follow in coming days).
My favorite part of their cocktail menu, just bellow the house cocktails section, is titled “Parks And Recreational Drinking” and comprises four cocktails named for and inspired by four city parks. Each is made of ingredients that evoke the history, spirit and legacy of the area surrounding each park. The drink I sampled during my inaugural visit to Park Tavern was the McKinley.
San Francisco’s McKinley Square Park dates back to 1871 and is one of the city’s oldest. It is located in the Potrero Hill neighborhood and is a large expansive park lined with Douglas fir and offering breathtaking views of the city. To honor this legacy, the McKinley is a whiskey cocktail built with Old Potrero Whiskey, Douglass fir eau de vie, muddled fresh apple and rosemary and is finished with an Anchor Steam Beer float. It is a sophisticated and very well balanced cocktail. All the constituents are present but play well as a harmonious whole. I really enjoyed and highly recommend this cocktail.
Apologies are offered as I do not have the precise recipe. I hope to have it soon to offer. The ingredients are listed above and are all of quality in their own right. A few moments of homework should prove rewarding in any event. If you enjoy rye whiskey but haven’t tried any of the Old Potrero offerings from Anchor Distilling consider yourself behind. Also, the home mixologist should seek out and play with a bottle of Douglas Fir eau de vie. I recommend the offering by Clear Creek Distilling in Portland Oregon.