Cold Drinks, the furtive Scotch bar above China Live, has been pouring its cleverly concocted drinks off the cuff for a few weeks — now, it has a menu from which drinkers can choose luxurious (both in practice and price) drinks.
“We’re taking Scotch, this serious, masculine, let’s face it — old white guy — beverage, and having fun with it,” beverage director Duggan McDonnell previously told Eater. True to his word, McDonnell has created a wonderland of swanky whisky-based drinks that are approachable for drinkers who aren’t exactly Scotch purists.
The Sinister Occasion ($16) combines Speyburn 10 with yogurt, banana liquer, Rinomato (an Italian aperitivo), honey, and both chocolate and habanero bitters. There are also a few spirits other than Scotch behind the bar, as evidenced by the Al’s Cut ($18), which features Botanist Islay gin (Scottish, though not Scotch), backed up by lime, black pepper syrup, teapot and candy cap mushroom bitters, and “a dose of peat.”
And of course, the piece de resistance: the Royal Salute Rob Roy cocktail, which clocks in at a cool $52. It includes Chivas Royal Salute 21 year scotch, Glenlivet 12, Barbera Chinato, Lustau Vermouth, and Angostura bitters for a real kick in the pants (and wallet).
Should drinkers feel that none of the carefully crafted and tested cocktails appeal, there’s also the “omakase” option, in which the bartenders (who are, by the way, outfitted in custom tuxedos from Al’s Attire in North Beach) will come up with something to suit their needs. Check out the full cocktail menu below.