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Velvet Sea

Velvet Sea cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Part cabaret, part dinner theater, The Speakeasy lets you step back in time to the 1920s with a choose-your-own-adventure-night underground in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The cocktails keep step with the magic, thanks to producer and bar manager Geof Libby. In spring 2018 it opened a cozy new bar within the speakeasy, Gaslamp Lounge. Alongside Death in the Afternoons and Sazeracs on the general menu, Gaslamp features outstanding house drinks. The Velvet Sea is a crushable showcase of funky Jamaican aged rum given tart and spice layers from velvet falernum, lime and a heavy float of Angostura bitters.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Sailor Jerry spiced rum
  • 3/4 ounce John D. Taylor Velvet falernum
  • 1/4 ounce Small Hand Foods pineapple gum syrup
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: lime shell


  1. Add the rum, falernum and syrup into a shaker.

  2. Squeeze in 1/2 ounce lime juice, then drop in the shell of the pressed half-lime.

  3. Add ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.

  4. Pour, unstrained, into a chilled rocks glass over ice.

  5. Top with the bitters.