Flip, Fizz, Swizzle or Punch? These are just a few categories of some ingenious, delicious, and artisanal cocktails on the menu at Rickhouse.
An inconspicuous watering hole nestled between various office buildings, shops and restaurants on Kearny Street, delights thirsty guests with one exceptional cocktail experience.
The Rickhouse Bar vibe lends to the 1920’s prohibition era with ceilings and other bar staples made from Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Completing the feel is the master bar chefs in cute suspenders, britches and Baker Boy style caps. A nostalgic journey back in time, also reminiscent of their Whiskey and Bourbon inspired libations.
With dreams of one day owning a 1950’s ‘Mad Men’ spirits bar offering up specialties like the Mint Julep and Old Fashioned, Joe Alessandroni, Rickhouse bar manager, is playful and confident as he shakes and swizzles a few of his favorite cocktails.
Organized in book fashion, Alessandroni explains they are listed purely by style.
The ‘Swizzle’ simply meaning, stirred with a swizzle stick.
The ‘Flip’ is a play on the ‘Fizz’ but uses a whole egg instead of just the egg white.
The ‘Fizz,’ of course is one of those delicious and refreshing cocktails whipped up with one glorious hi-protein egg white.
The ‘Cobbler’ is a cocktail made with smashed juicy organic fresh fruit.
The ‘Punch.’ We love those delightful yet sinful spirit and fruit filled punchbowls complete with ladle and frosted cups.
First on the tasting menu is the ‘Sutter Street Swizzle,’ created by fellow barman John Ottman. This cocktail didn’t disappoint with its subtle sweetness and exotic flavors. Made with Cachaca, pineapple gomme and bitters goes down nicely with a nice kick of ginger at the finish.
The ‘Jalisco Flip’ beckons the holiday season. This is a delightful concoction of El Tesoro Anejo, maple syrup, a whole egg, bitters and freshly grated nutmeg and is blended effortlessly giving a light creamy texture like satin on your tongue.
The ‘Pimm’s Berry Punch’ is perfect for a night out with the girls. Pick your poison, (gin or vodka) infused with the sweetness of seasonal berries, fresh citrus, ginger, seasonal fruit and sparkling water.
The ‘High-Plains Drifter’ created by another talented bar chef, Lauren Steele, is a powerful and poignant cocktail made with nothing less than rye whiskey, a splash of sweet vermouth, Amaro Nonino and celery bitters.
Be warned. Once you sip cocktails at Rickhouse, you might not want to sip anywhere else.
One thing cocktail connoisseurs will covet here? Tuesday through Friday Rickhouse begins shaking and swizzling at 3p.m.
If a cocktail is not what you desire, Rickhouse also offers some exceptional wines and local brews.
This summer is the season of cocktails as Rickhouse will be launching their ‘Summer Seasonal Menu.’
Alessandroni chats up ’’The ‘Berry O’Brien,’ which pays true homage to the sweet summer blackberries mixed precisely with Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon juice, bitters and ginger beer. The O’Brien sounds subtle and smooth and this Cocktailgirlie can’t wait to give it taste!
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San Francisco, CA
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