Bristols Ciderhouse in Atascadero has been raising the bar for local cider since its opening last year, and they are continuing to produce new and exciting offerings since the late ’90s. Next month, expect three new ciders—one fermented with beets, another fermented with fennel, and the other a funky sour. Until then, swing by the North County hangout and try the Merry Hell, perfect when paired with the curry the bar sells each Thursday evening. The blend of Anna’s and golden dorsett apples is co-fermented with gin botanicals from Krobar Craft Distillery in Paso Robles featuring hints of juniper berry, peppercorn, and bay leaf. It’s refreshing, unique, and a totally unexpected—just as Bristols has always been.
• Bristols Cider’s Merry Hell—3220 El Camino Real, Atascadero; About $6 a pint.
This is how Erin Green, owner of Whiskey and June, makes a classic whiskey sour: Take 2 ounces of Wild Turkey, add 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, and one egg white. Shake vigorously. Add ice. Shake vigorously again. Strain. Add a dash of bitters. Enjoy the simple pleasure of an old-school whiskey sour with none of that icky sweet-and-sour mix. If that sounds like too much work, head into this Atascadero hangout and let them do the work for you! You can even fill out a special “make your own cocktail” sheet and pick your favorite whiskey. Stay classy, Atascadero!
• Whiskey and June’s Whiskey Sour—$10, 5950 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
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