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
Add the rum, falernum and syrup into a shaker.
Squeeze in 1/2 ounce lime juice, then drop in the shell of the pressed half-lime.
Add ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
Pour, unstrained, into a chilled rocks glass over ice.
Top with the bitters.