Bittersweet Happy Hour: Turning Lemons into Lovin'-ade at CUESA

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CUESA
Early spring farmer's market bounty from the Ferry Plaza
We may only be a few days into SF Beer Week and your thirst for sudsy mugs of small craft, extremely hoppy beer may seem unquenchable, but trust us: taking a break for a night will only make it taste better.

What better transition from those citrus and grapefruit flavors in the hops you love to a celebration of those same things, except from actual citrus fruit? On Wednesday evening (Feb. 12), CUESA, the non-profit that manages the farmers markets and helps spread the gospel about sustainable agriculture, is banding together 13 bartenders for their event Bittersweet Love Potions: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market.

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CUESA
Bartender Zack Safron
The event will be held in the more elegant and climate controlled Grand Hall on the second floor of the Ferry Building. Citrus is the cornerstone of bartending, but don't expect to only see simple sours. Looking to incorporate a wide variety of fruit, from the peel to the juice, the bartenders will feature creations like the Love Potion #23 (rum, apple, blood orange, lemon, fennel, spices) by Zack Safron.

And in case the way to yours and yours heart is through the stomach, a selection of sexy bites and nibbles await. You can go back to Beer Week on Thursday, but don't let this be the event that got away this Valentine's.

Love Potion #23
1 ½ oz. Ron Zacapa 23 Rum
4 oz. Bittersweet love potion (hot mulled cider)
Apple slice or a candied blood orange, to garnish

Add rum to a mug and then fill with hot mulled cider mixture. Garnish with the fruit of your desire.


Bittersweet Love Potion (makes four servings):
8 oz. Apple juice
4 oz. Blood orange juice
2 oz. Lemon juice
2 oz. Fennel juice
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon Cloves, whole
¼ cup Honey

Combine all juices and spices in a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for at least ten minutes, and then add the honey. Stir until the honey dissolves completely. Remove cinnamon and cloves and keep mixture warm or reheat when ready to serve.

Bittersweet Love Potions: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market
Where: The Grand Hall at the Ferry Building (2nd Floor)
When: Weds., Feb. 12th, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $45 online via Eventbrite; 21 and over



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