Port of SF Cocktail

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Port of SF

Recipe adapted from Mikha Diaz and Michael Cecconi, Two Sisters Bar & Books, San Francisco

Yield: 1 cocktail (plus a shy ½ cup ginger syrup)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes


Ginger Syrup

½ cup water

½ cup sugar

2 inches fresh ginger, peeled (scrape away the skin using the edge of a teaspoon) and sliced into ¼-inch rounds


1½ ounces Madeira

½ ounce fresh lime juice

3 to 4 ounces Prima Pils or other German pilsner-style beer

2 thin lime wheels


1. Make the ginger syrup: To a small saucepan, add the water and sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and, once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Pour the cooled syrup into a blender jar and add the ginger slices, puréeing until well combined. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve and into a medium bowl. (You can discard the solids.) Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a few weeks.

2. Place an Old Fashioned glass in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Fill a mixing glass with ice, then add the Madeira, lime juice and ½ ounce of the ginger syrup. Shake well and double-strain into the chilled Old Fashioned glass. Top with the beer and garnish with the lime wheels.

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