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Cucumber cocktail?

ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 12:34 PM

First trip to San Fran coming up in a couple weeks and am looking forward to some handcrafted cocktails. Can anyone suggest a good cucumber cocktail locale? Aziza, I'm guessing? Any others, especially in the downtown area? Thanks.

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    pauliface RE: ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 01:29 PM

    Yes. Definitely Aziza.
    Though my favorite is the one with Cachaca cardamom, and tarragon.

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      saffrongold RE: ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 01:32 PM

      The Orbit Room on Market and Laguna has some cucumber recipes for drinks. They are very centrally located, Aziza is a more beautiful space. Both charge about $10 for a crafted cocktail.

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        Pistou RE: saffrongold Sep 25, 2009 10:41 AM

        The Orbit Room lost the bartender who was really interested in crafting good, seasonal drinks. I haven't been since he left; maybe someone else is carrying on. But when that bartender wasn't there I had some of the sorriest excuses for cocktails I've ever had, even though the menu descriptions sounded good.

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          saffrongold RE: Pistou Sep 25, 2009 05:16 PM

          Good to know, thanks for the caveat.

      2. lexdevil RE: ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 04:43 PM

        If you cross the Bay Bridge you'll find a nice one at A Cote. El Pepino--Muddled Cucumber and Miller’s Gin, slightly sweetened, and a splash of Cranberry Juice--10.00

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          meggie t RE: ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 05:49 PM

          I know Bourbon & Branch had a Cucumber Gimlet on the menu a whlie back. It was delish!

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          Bourbon & Branch
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            lmnopm RE: meggie t Sep 24, 2009 08:04 PM

            T-Rex has a couple of cocktails with cucumber, including a really tasty one with cucumber infused vodka, which is only $5 at the happy hour.

          2. tvham RE: ssf36 Sep 24, 2009 08:19 PM

            Rickhouse is the new bar from the Bourbon & Branch folks - they make a great drink called the Campos Cooler that is made with Cucumber infused tequila.

            It's a popular spot right now and can be pretty crazy on the weekends so I would try and go off hours (ideally early in the week)

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              grayelf RE: tvham Sep 24, 2009 10:47 PM

              Seconding the cucumber cocktail at Aziza, and you can keep it green by following with the cilantro one which was also very tasty :-).

            2. scarmoza RE: ssf36 Sep 25, 2009 09:16 AM

              Nihon Whisky Lounge makes a delicious cucumber martini. Their happy hour is one of the best in the city ( half price on all cocktails, appetizers and salads.) Happy hour is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Make reservations or get there early.

              I agree that Bourbon and Branch should be on the list, too.

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                scarmoza RE: scarmoza Sep 25, 2009 09:22 AM

                1779 Folsom St. (at 14th Street), San Francisco
                Mission District
                PH: 415.552.4400
                Open Mon.–Sat., 5:30 p.m. to midnight (bar open till 2 a.m.)
                Reservations, major credit cards accepted

              2. ssf36 RE: ssf36 Sep 25, 2009 11:23 AM

                Thanks again to you all! Looks like I'll definitely be getting my full serving of vegetables on this trip.

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