Tradition reclaims maligned libations
Everything deserves its shot at redemption--even high-octane cocktails with salacious names and bad intentions.
Ask Tradition's beverage director, Ian Scalzo, whose “dive bar” menu--one of eight themed drink lists at the Bourbon & Branch team’s newest bar--has put cheap-drunk drinks on the path to righteousness.
Snag a confessional-like “snug” (aka booth) and order Scalzo’s version of a Mind Eraser ($22 for two) to rewrite those woozy college memories. By adding Punt E Mes and nocino to vodka and house-made coffee liqueur, the bartender achieves deliciously rich and dark flavors.
Scalzo also reinvents the Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Wall ($9), rebuilding the sugar bomb with bourbon as a foundation instead of sloe gin, and accenting it with peach soda and absinthe. The result is a less-sweet sipping drink focused on citrus and peach flavors.
Even the Frozen Margarita pictured above ($20 for a small pitcher; $40 for a large) has its pedigree renewed. Rather than throwing the switch on the blender, Scalzo uses crushed ice for his rendition, and incorporates house-made seasonal syrups like salted watermelon.
This is a drink you’ll want to remember the morning after.
Tradition, 441 Jones St. (at O’Farrell St.); 415-474-2284 or tradbar.com
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