No bacon Manhattans on offer at Martins West. Why?
According to Doug the bartender, and the tall bald server we seem to have every time ---
The state ABC has dredged up a slightly-post-prohibition law that states that liquor must not have any additions after bonding, if to be sold. Thus, no infusions. Apparently a place in san francisco was required to throw away $10k in stock, took a $10k fine, and the individual bartender was fined $250. My sources claimed this happened earlier this week - but didn't say exactly where.
They also claimed that the "bartender's union" (there's a union?) is already on the case and appealing the ruling - but we all know the ABC has little oversight.
To my untrained eye, there's a very fine line between adding a stick of bacon while mixing, and infusion bacon for a few days. I don't get the exact legal boundary. Given the wide variety of infusions (I had a house-infused Ginger lemon drop Tuesday night at .... not saying. And I remember fondly Infusion on 2nd street, closed about 5 years ago) in san francisco, this is indeed a blow.
Martin's West is no longer serving bacon martinis. Their Corpse Reviver #2 - first night on the menu - was excellent, however.