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Velvet Sea

velvet sea cocktail
Image: Andy Feifarek

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. This spring, they 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.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Hottest Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now: June 2018.”



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

  2. Squeeze in 1/2 oz lime juice, then drop in the shell of the pressed lime.

  3. Add ice and shake hard.

  4. Pour into a chilled rocks glass over ice, and top with the bitters.