Venerable barman Jacques Bezuidenhout and Plumpjack Group‘s Ken Luciano opened Forgery in May 2015, a brick-walled, lofty, inviting SoMa space already drawing in regulars and food-and-drink industry folk for a range of beers, wines and refined cocktails served without attitude. Bezuidenhout’s menu covers a range of spirits, but a couple vodka offerings stand out in both the house cocktails and the twists on classics section. THE DRINK TO DRINK On the elegant, booze-forward side, Pickled Swede plays with a classic Martini or Gibson cocktail, combining Absolut Elyx Vodka, dill-infused Dolin Vermouth and onion, for a savory finish. Go refreshing, savory-sweet with Cadiz: cumin-infused Ketel One Vodka and Manzanilla sherry are served over crushed ice with a subtle touch of passion fruit and honey. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Check out the “Friends” section of the cocktail menu where one national and one international bar and bartender’s drink is always on offer, a handshake of solidarity outstretched to the international bar community.