Building on the success of his restaurant at the St. Francis Hotel, Michael Mina has converted a former jewelry store into a bar worthy of a scene out of Mad Men.
The bar was designed in “neo-mod” style, reminiscent of cocktail lounges 50 years ago. I was impressed by the extensive cocktail menu, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Hats off to the friendly staff and amazing cocktails.
This cocktail is a shout out to the Hotel and a revival of one of the original Martinis. From the menu:
“The history of the Martini is shrouded in mystery. But most agree that San Francisco was its birthplace. One story credits a bartender at the St. Francis with the olive garnish. This was first know as the St. Francis Cocktail.”
St. Francis Cocktail
- Junipero gin
- Dry vermouth
- Orange bitters
Stir 2–3 oz of gin with a dash each of vermouth and orange bitters in a mixing glass over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with mixed olives.
Michael Mina’s Clock Bar [SF Gate]