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Cocktail of the Week: The Promissory Note at The Alembic, San Francisco

The Promissory Note is an appropriate name for a cocktail in this economy, as the paragraph long description of this drink at the Haight District’s go to cocktail spot from the folks behind the nearby Magnolia Brewery explains. The bar writes, “In these economic hard times, everyone needs a little bailout. We’ve concocted a little stimulus package to help you throw caution to the wind.” The perfectly balanced drink with a little sweet and a little spice is no boozy Manhattan that will force you to throw caution to the wind after a few sips. It will force you to sip and savor this nuanced creation, playing Reposado tequila off dry vermouth, a touch of honey syrup, and the fairy herself, absinthe. That sweet of the honey and the anise from the absinthe holds out the strong part of the tequila and permits the rewarding agave taste notes through. Canton ginger liqueur also is added for a kick to round out the drink.

This is a perfect cocktail, the perfect bailout if the economy gets you down or the perfect drink to celebrate with when the hard times become a boom time.

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