San Francisco Cocktail Recipe

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San Francisco Cocktail Recipe

It made its first print appearances in 1937 in The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, published by the United Kingdom Bartenders Guild and containing a collection of classic drinks from the 1920s and 1930s including a margarita that would later become famous.

Make this San Francisco cocktail at home in just a few minutes. You will mix equal parts of sloe gin and both types of vermouth then add aromatic and orange bitters to complete the cocktail. It is an excellent dinner drink since it is not as alcoholic as some other martinis. It can serve as a sweet aperitif or be enjoyed after a meal, paired with cheesecake or a dessert with hints of fruit or chocolate. The San Fransisco cocktail is one of the best varieties of slime gin you can drink. An easy and simple variation of the perfect martini, this gin-based liqueur paired with delicious sloe berries pairs well with a variety of mixers including vermouth.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of San Francisco Cocktail Recipe is 3 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of San Francisco Cocktail Recipe is 170 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create San Francisco Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • cocktail shaker


  • cocktail glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz sloe gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash aromatic bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • cherry (for garnish)

Steps to Make It

  • Pour the sloe gin, dry and sweet vermouth, and bitters in a cocktail shaker.
  • Fill it with ice and shake well.
  • Strain it into a chilled​ cocktail glass.
  • Use skewered cherry to garnish then serve. Enjoy.

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