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  1. #1
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    Jan 2010
    Woodbridge, VA

    The Frisco

    Inspired by a New York Times article on trying to track down a "Frisco" cocktail, I spent a week playing around with the contents of my cabinet and came to two conclusions. Here's the Times article:


    Conclusion 1: The Times writer didn't really try very hard, because about half the mixing books I own list a "San Francisco" cocktail that's exactly what he describes as being an obscure cocktail all but lost to memory.

    Conclusion 2: None of the "San Francisco" recipes in my books are very good, whereas the couple of variations of what the Times writer calls a "Frisco" are close to excellent. Using various bourbons instead of ryes, I found that this recipe is almost always a winner:

    1-1/2 oz bourbon
    1/2 oz Benedictine
    1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

    Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

    Made with Bulleit, it's my new favorite drink, and I preferred it to a Manhattan with almost every bourbon I tried. It even turns out a serviceable cocktail with Jack Daniel's, which not every bourbon cocktail recipe does.

  2. #2
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    Sep 2001
    Pelham, AL

    Thumbs up Re: The Frisco

    Sounds pretty good.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Detroit. Yes, right in The City.

    Re: The Frisco

    after hearing me talk up that article, a friend who happened to have all the ingredients at hand, made me one. It was good, and I think it would be even better in the depths of winter to clear up one's catarrh.
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  4. #4
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    Jul 2010
    Silver Spring - MD / Washington - DC

    Re: The Frisco

    Sounds good. Somewhat close to a Ward 8 except there is Benedictine and no OJ and Grenadine...

    For a moment there I thought I had seen something similar, but the Benedictine and just lemon with the Bourbon is new to me.

    Interesting... will have to try one.

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  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Boston area

    Re: The Frisco

    Just picked up a liter of Benedictine at the duty free... will have to give this a try!

  6. #6
    Bourbonian of the Year 2002 and Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 1999

    Re: The Frisco

    If something has "Frisco" in the name, doesn't sour dough bread have to be involved?

  7. #7
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    Jun 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Re: The Frisco

    Tried this this evening (with AAA 10*) and found it very nice, but too much lemon juice. Topped it with more bourbon and Benedictine to make it about half as much lemon juice and liked it better. I think it has the proportions of a classic cocktail, as opposed to so many of these new, "forced" cocktails. But I think I will play a bit more with the proportions.

    Strange how pale it is. I assume that the lemon juice bleaches it out.
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  8. #8
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    Sep 2008

    Re: The Frisco

    The only cocktail I had while living in sf, was a shot of fernet with a ginger back.

  9. #9

    Re: The Frisco

    I drink these all the time. In old cocktail books, it's often listed as a Frisco Sour, which I figure must have been a play on the Pisco Sour (not a bad drink in its own right - it was the house specialty at Hinky Dink's in Oakland, which went on to become Trader Vic's). Anyway, I make mine like this:

    2 oz Rittenhouse BIB
    1 oz Benedictine
    slice lemon peel

    Shake everything real good and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist. I find this works much better than adding actual lemon juice, the peel and Benedictine provide just the right amount of honey/lemon notes that works beautifully with the rye. I've tried this with bourbon, and it's not really the same thing at all - definitely a rye drink.

  10. #10
    Bourbonian Of The Year 2013 and Guru
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    Sep 2004
    Just East of the Big Chicken, GA

    Re: The Frisco

    Although, I'm not much of a cocktail drinker, this drink does sound good. I don't have a bottle of Benedictine in the house, but I do have a bottle of B&B. Would ya'll see anything funky with trying that in the Benedictine's place?

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