SF Cocktail Week 2008


San Francisco’s 2nd annual Cocktail Week kicked off last night with free cocktails at Harry Denton’s Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake hotel. The place was packed, as you might expect when one of the city’s cocktail hot spots is giving away the goods. Denton himself (at right) was on hand, along with Cocktail Week master of ceremonies Duggan McDonnell of Cantina (at left), and honoree Tony Abou-Ganim (center), creator of one of the Starlight Room’s signature cocktails, the Cable Car.

Cable Car

  • 1 1/2oz spiced rum
  • 3/4oz orange curacao
  • 1 1/2oz fresh sweet and sour

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with cinnamon and sugar. Shake ingredients with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Tony Abou-Ganim, the Modern Mixologist

The Cable Car is simple and delicious — Bon Appetit named it “drink of the year” in 2002. I’m generally not a huge fan of sugared rims on my drinks, but in this case it seemed like the rim on mine was more cinnamon than sugar, and the spice really enhanced my enjoyment of it.

KP Question

Any of our Bay Area readers outhere planning to hit any of the other SF Cocktail Week events?

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  1. PaulNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not Bay Area, but I’ll be at the closing night shindig at Absinthe on Monday. Lookin’ forward to it.

  2. AnitaNo Gravatar says:

    We’re going to the Farmers Market Cocktails event at the Ferry Building tonight, and [drool] the Bourbon & Bacon dinner tomorrow at Orson.

  3. AdamNo Gravatar says:

    @Anita: Maybe I’ll see you tonight! Farmer’s Market Cocktails event was sold out, but I’m going to show up and see if I can wheedle my way in….

  4. BoozemonkeyNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got tonight’s save the Sazerac event, tomorrow’s Wondrich talk, and Monday’s finale at Absinth on my radar. Though the Elixir stop might get ditched – If it’s even close to being as hot today as it was yesterday that place is going to be like an easy-bake gin mill.

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