ADVENTURE: Tasting San Francisco cocktails at CUESA’s Library of Libations event // EATING: Delicious pork belly bites // CRAVE: The pomegranate + rye cocktail by Elite Cafe
San Francisco cocktails are as crafty and complex as they come. Bars like Whitechapel, Tradition, Bourbon & Branch, and 15 Romolo are setting the bar high for amazing ambiance and distinct drinks. Of course, these bars are scattered across the city so visiting them all in one night is next to impossible.
Enter: Cocktails of the Farmers Market
Cocktails of the Farmers Market is a specific cocktail event series put together by CUESA and the United States Bartenders Guild, pulling in the best mixologists of San Francisco cocktails for an evening of drinks at the Ferry Building. CUESA is the nonprofit organization that runs the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and other events at the Ferry Building, while the United States Bartenders Guild represents the bartenders that volunteer their time for this event.
CUESA is completely dedicated to educating consumers about sustainable agriculture and creating that connection between local farmers and city folk. So awesome!
Every few months they put together this fun happy hour cocktail event as a fundraiser to support CUESA’s educational initiatives such as free cooking demos at the Ferry Building Farmers Market and youth programs like Foodwise Kids and Schoolyard to Market. Cocktails and a good cause = a win-win.
Even if you’ve been to the Ferry Building before, prepare to be surprised! The event takes place on a second upper level of the Ferry Building, one you probably never knew existed!
This particular event highlighted San Francisco cocktails from 15 Romolo, The Double Standard, Elite Cafe, Hard Water, Mourad, Novela, The Perennial, Tradition, Bourbon & Branch, and Whitechapel among others.
Over the course of the evening, three of the mixologists offer full-size cocktails for you to enjoy. The other mixologists create a small sample drink you can taste. You get a fun “passport” to guide you through all the tastings and samples.
I loved being able to get an idea of what types of spirits and ingredients I like in my cocktails. Compared to committing to a full drink (and the full price tag) at a bar, this is a great way to understand what types of drinks are up your alley.
My favorite cocktail of the evening was called a “Confeder-rye-cy of Dunces” by mixologist Brian Nelson of Elite Cafe. The drink was made with Jack Daniels Rye, blood orange, Irene Rye-ly syrup with muscat and pomegranate, coco nib tincture, and tonic. So refreshing!
Of course, no happy hour would be complete without food! Spaced out in between the cocktail booths are food booths with small bites from amazing restaurants like 15 Romolo, Hard Water, Nopalito, and others.
Hop from sample to sample and enjoy a variety of bites and sips all in just a few hours! By the end of the evening, you will definitely have a new favorite cocktail bar.
Keep an eye on the CUESA event page for the next event in their cocktail program series, you won’t want to miss it!