|Always get the pickled quail eggs.|
The Alembic on Haight Street is fond of cheeky cocktails, and this last spring they had been riffing on 1980s and 1990s alt-rock themes: the Kool Thing, the Rise Above, the Mexican Radio.
Mexican Radio is perhaps the most famous song my Wall of Voodoo from their 1982 album "Call of the West". It is probably the only Wall of Voodoo song most folks know, certainly one of very few known by me.
I saw Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgway headlining Slim's in 2006, but I was there to check out New Mexico-by-way-of-Chicago alt-country/Americana rockers The Handsome Family (playing this year's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass).
Riki (AKA the ex-not-wife) was there with me along with Mostly Benevolent Dear Leader Chowbacca415 that evening, and while I planned to leave after the opening act I am glad she urged me to stay.
Here's a drink she's invented in their honor.
I doubt it's still on the Alembic menu, but you can make one at home.
- 1.5 ounces of Sino Reposado Tequila.
- 3/4 ounce pineapple gomme syrup.
- 1/4 ounce blend of 1:1:1 Fernet Branca, House Spirits Coffee Liqueur, Spanish brandy.
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Fill a tumbler with cracked ice.
Strain cocktail shaker into tumbler, garnish with pineapple and a sage leaf.
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