Sometimes a drink is so delicious that it gets passed around the table—you have to taste this—and then everyone orders one (or two). The Pamplemousse at Beretta on San Francisco's Valencia Street is one of those drinks: bright, tart, as refreshing as the fresh grapefruit juice it's made with.
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We're always a bit wary of elderflower liqueur, but it doesn't take over in this supremely balanced and fresh-tasting gin cocktail, a signature brunch drink at Beretta in San Francisco.
Beretta was recently included among the semi-finalists for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Bar Program award. We put the bar manager, Ryan Fitzgerald on the spot and made him select his favorite drinks from the classics-with-a-twist cocktail menu. Here's what he chose.
We have a weakness for all things ginger—cookies, tea, pickled ginger shavings with sushi. So, when we began noticing ginger cropping up on more and more cocktail menus around San Francisco (and moving way beyond the Dark and Stormy), we knew we had some serious sipping to do.
Since Beretta opened in 2008, much of the buzz has been about the cocktails. But even if they're not the main event, Beretta's pizzas are a likable piece in a winning overall restaurant concept.