Photo Nov 03, 7 48 41 AM.jpgIn this week’s Cocktailian column, SF Chronicle contrib Gary Regan presents an interesting challenge: citing bartenders in NY who are creating nabe-reflecting drinks (The Bronx Cocktail, the Little Italy, etc), Regan wants local aspiring mixologists to create their own SF-specific drinks.

Acknowledging Beretta’s Dolores Park Swizzle, Absinthe’s 21 Hayes, and Nopa’s Panhandle bitters, Regan says “(s)urely there’s more to be done.”

And now it’s up to Chron readers, for Regan is soliciting SF-nabe monikered drink recipes, the best ones to be published in their Food & Wine section “within the next few months.”

“Each drink must have a straight spirit, a liqueur and a garnish” Regan stipulates. “The formula can call for one extra ingredient, but not two.”

I’m not a big mixed-drinks consumer myself, so I turned to Appeal staff and friends for some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll note that not all of these recipes follow Regan’s rules, but that’s why they’re here and not being emailed to (along with “what inspired you to put the drink together”) the way real entries should be.

The SoMa: Christine Borden says would contain leather, a startup that’s still not profitable two years out, and a hint of semen, Curbed’s Sally Kuchar says the drink should also “have some type of foreclosed loft in it,” and Katie Baker says one must “tweet about it instantly after consuming.”

The Slippery Nopa: Becca Klarin says this would be comprised of one part Sambuca, one part Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1 teaspoon homemade, wisked-by-hand whipped cream, made with local cream, and 1 sprinkle of literary pretension

The Haight: Baker says, would be THC serum, 3 different types of food dye (tye-dye), and one must “be careful not to sit or lie down after drinking.”

The North Beach: Chris Roberts says would be cocaine, roofies, and tears of a dead beat

The Outer Funset: Roberts, on a roll, says that this drink would be soju with a whiskey floater and seawater, garnished with a plastic bottle cap plucked from the beach, served in a java beach to go cup. The Outer Richmond is the same ingredients, but “instead of the bottle cap you get a discarded Muni ticket from the Safeway parking lot.”

Photo of Absinthe’s 21 Hayes: Weekly SF Cocktail

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