SF Street Food Fest Cocktail Preview

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​We've been bringing you previews of the 3rd annual Street Food Festival all week with our picks of the best bites to try and a look at the prep involved for the event. Now we bring you the rundown on what to expect at the bars.

The layout is set up like a big sandwich with the cocktail/beer gardens as the bread encasing the Folsom Street filling; one garden is at 22nd St., the other is at 26th. The bars are organized by Rye on the Road and staffed by many of your favorite bartenders from across the city. You'll need an ID to get in, but once you are, space to eat, snacks, and music will greet you.

The menu is short and sweet with three cocktails: Lawrenceburg Swizzle ($8, Wild Turkey 81 Bourbon, lemon, mint, maple syrup, creole bitters over crushed ice), Paloma ($8, Espolon Tequila Blanco, grapefruit soda, fresh lime, pinch of salt), and the saucy Street Food Punch ($8, Flor De Cana 7-year Rum, ginger syrup, lime, aromatic bitters, prosecco).

Amstel Light beer will be on tap ($4), but what we're most excited about are the jello shots (trust us, this hasn't happened in a long time, watch the video to see why) from Sweets Collection for $4. What look like flowers preserved inside spheres are actually quivering wallops of tequila.

Don't forget your ID and cash for bar tokens (one token is $4). No credit cards will be accepted. With about 60 different food vendors, our plan is to grab some friends, make a list, grab our food, and beeline it straight to the bar.

Lou Bustamante tweets at @thevillagedrunk. Follow SFoodie at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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