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The Alembic

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  • American (New), Cocktails, Tapas
  • 1725 Haight St, San Francisco 94117 37.769335 -122.451042
  • (At Cole St)
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  • (415) 666-0822
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Pickled Quail Eggs sea salt, olive oil    3.00
Whipped Brandade sumac potato chips, herbs, zaatar    8.00
Jerk Chicken Hearts pickled pineapple, thyme salt    6.00
Beer Nuts honey, cumin, chili    5.00
Fried Castelvetrano Olives sardine, preserved lemon tonnato    4.00
Beef Chicharron lime, vietnamese herbs and spices    6.00
Delicata Squash Tempura rosemary honey, pepato, hazelnut    7.00
Josey Baker Bread preserved ramp butter    6.00
Cheese Plate honeycomb, marcona almond, preserves, toast    15.00


Little Gems radicchio, beets, seed crumb, goat yogurt, sumac vinaigrette    10.00
Slow Roasted Celeriac fuji apple, endive, almond, manchego, cider    12.00
Caramelized Cauliflower fingerling potato, seaweed salsa verde    10.00
Kabocha Squash Soup papanteca, queso fresco, cilantro    9.00
Cavatelli grapes, romanesco, broccoli rabe, anchovy butter    13.00


Chilled Oysters daily selection, yuzu kosho hot sauce, horseradish, lemon    15.00  30.00
Albacore Crudo kohlrabi, asian pear, white soy, sesame, onion sprouts    14.00
Cedar Smoked Trout fermented vegetables, dill, horseradish, roe    15.00
Cove Mussels fennel, carrot, turnip, sunchoke, bagna cauda    15.00


Lamb Sweetbreads charred broccoli, szechuan pepper, green coriander, peanut    14.00
Chicken Liver Mousse quince, huckleberry, fried chicken skins, toast    11.00
Chicken Wings calabrian chili jam, green papaya, cilantro    10.00
Beef Tartare montreal spices, smoked mustard, sour pickle, rye crisp    15.00
Lamb Sausage maitake, cippolini onion, mint, fig jus, lebne    13.00
Bone Marrow caper gremolata, garlic confit, jb toast    15.00

New School

Bait & Switch something seems familiar here...summertime at the alembic. a freshly puréed strawberry and citrus cooler on the rocks. you recognize this one, right? wrong- this sucker's brand new. mezcal, chareau aloe liqueur, strawberry, lemon, peppercorn syrup and green strawberry bitters. we thought about offering an "i'm sorry" for the con, but decided instead on "you're welcome"    12.00
Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique "and what, pray tell, is the five point palm exploding heart technique?" lapsang infused volstead vodka, five spice/palm sugar syrup, bonal gentian quinoa and st. george pear brandy. we don't believe in cinematic folklore either, but we double-dog dare you not to nervously count your steps after walking away from a few of these    12.00
Black Diamond you've stuck to the short slopes long enough, we think you're ready for a more challenging run. chartreuse, sweet vermouth, pear shrub and cardamom and chocolate bitters, topped with a generous pour of dark beer. it's cool if you have to ride the lift around a few more times to muster up the nerve, the ride is totally worth it.    13.00
Sunset Avenger Hunt the list for this hunt was a simple one: seek out san francisco bartender's favorite spirits, and put them together in one glass. as it turns out, krogstad aquavit, reposado tequila and angostura and orange bitters play beautifully with persimmon shrub, lemon, and a little soda. feel free to order a few of these, but be prepared for us to ask you which bar you work in.    11.00
Southern Exposure another refreshing elixir plucked straight from the garden. our spin on the classic southside uses gin, fresh mint, lime juice, a touch of sugar and a little shot of fresh celery juice. loaded with antioxidants to help deal with the haight's population of free "radicals".    11.00
The Vow Of Silence our rubenesque version of the derby cocktail, we use rye whiskey, benedictine, cherry heering, and a dash of bitters. responsible for breaking more than one vow    11.00

The Canon

Sazerac in new orleans, they like to do things their own way. judging by this famous variation on the old-fashioned, that way may be the right way. rye whiskey, the crescent city's own peychaud's bitters, a bit of sugar - and a glass rinsed with a green bitter liquid that shall remain nameless.    11.00
Bourbon Old-Fashioned the oldest cocktail, and still one of the best. nothing more than a slug of bourbon on the rocks, with a couple of dashes of bitters, a little sugar, and a twist of lemon peel to take the edge off. sometimes the simplest things work best. we make ours without the "garbage" - the fruit salad with which the noble old warhorse is so often weighed down.    11.00
Blood & Sand a classic story of love, desire, and tragic death gave this equally classic cocktail its moniker. scotch whiskey, cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and fresh orange juice served ice cold. alluring as rita hayworth, but this femme fatale kicks like a bull... toro    11.00
Aviation at its inception in the early part of the twentieth century, the aviation cocktail was as fresh and exciting as aviation itself. now, it's just as ubiquitous. aviation american gin, (naturally) maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon and creme de violette. this is the point in the description where a lot of other bars would shoehorn in a joke about "taking flight", but we'd never put that in print    11.00
Royal Smile "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet..." the classic "jack rose" cocktail was renamed and revised shortly after its namesake squealed on his boss for the murder of a small time crook, sending five members of "the strong arm squad" to the chair. as both the flower and the cocktail were soiled by the informer, name changes were in order. the flower became "richmond" and the cocktail the "royal smile," though "bald jack rose's" smile remained anything but that. how much better is that cocktail with laird's apple brandy, gin, lemon and grenadine    10.00
French 75 under heavy fire? take cover with this elegant tipple and escape, if only for a little while. brandy, lemon, honey and a touch of the bubbles make this classic heavenly enough to rekindle the debate on atheists in foxholes    11.00
The Vieux Carre hey, it gets hot in here, real hot, like, new orleans hot. accordingly, we have a great reverence for the contributions of the crescent city to cocktail culture. this bracing 1938 nod to the french quarter combines rye, cognac, benedictine, punt e mes, angostura and peychaud's bitters, served up and ice cold. just be careful when leaving the bar as the fog has a way of reminding you where you really are, which may not be such a bad thing after all    12.00

Crisp, Bright & Hops

Reissdorf Kolsch    (500ml) 11.00
Pretty Things xale, english mild ale   (22oz) 19.00
November 22nd, 1838   
February 22nd, 1945   

Malt, Toast & Roast

Sierra Nevada porter   (12oz) 6.00
Mikkeller black hole, barrel-aged imperial stout   (12oz) 22.00
Tequila Barrel   
Scotch Barrel   
Bourbon Barrel   
White Wine Barrel   
Red Wine Barrel   
Cognac Barrel   
Kostritzer schwarzbier   (500ml) 9.00
Heretic shallow grave, porter   (22oz) 12.00
Nectar Ales black xantus, imperial stout   (22oz) 24.00
Allagash odyssey, barrel-aged strong ale 2009   (750ml) 36.00

Fruit And Spice

Ommegang witte   (12oz) 7.00
Dogfish Head sah-tea   (750ml) 25.00
Jolly Pumpkin la parcela, no. 1 pumpkin ale   (750ml) 33.00

Featured Beer From Jester King


Le Petit Prince farmhouse table beer    15.00
Noble King organic hoppy farmhouse ale    21.00
Ru-55 sour red    21.00
Mad Meg farmhouse provision ale    21.00
Black Metal farmhouse imperal stout    21.00


Varichon & Clerc france    9.00


2011 Quinta Nova "Pomares," douro    9.00
MV Sousa Lopes "Unfiltered," vinho verde    12.00


2010 Quinta Da Rosa "Dourosa," douro    8.00
2010 Quinta De Arcosso "Padrão Dos Povos," tras-os-montes    10.00
2011 Herdade De Gâmbia península de setúbal    11.00


The Alembic
1725 Haight St
At Cole St
(415) 666-0822
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