Interview with Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole

Anna Mowry interviews Eric Johnson of Bar Agricole, a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program

 

At San Francisco’s Bar Agricole, ingredients are only used at peak condition and spirit producers are closely vetted. Even the bitters in the bar’s version of an Old Fashioned had to earn the team’s stamp of intensely discerning approval. We talked with Eric Johnson, bar manager and co-owner of this Outstanding Bar Program nominee, about his new spinoff, favorite watering holes, and more.  

 

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JBF: How would you sum up Bar Agricole's approach to making drinks to someone who has never had one there? 

 

EJ: We are an ingredient-driven bar that uses traditional recipes as our inspiration. We look for spirits that have a sense of place and tradition in how they are made, without added flavors or colors to make them more appealing to the heavily commercial spirits market. A... Read more >

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Recipe: Bar Agricole's Turf Cocktail

 

Bartender Thad Vogler may have named San Francisco's Bar Agricole after his favorite spirit (rhum agricole), but he handles every major ingredient in the world of booze with equal finesse. Exhibit A: Vogler's interpretation of the Turf—a classic gin-based cocktail that's laced with absinthe, Maraschino, and orange bitters—shows great balance and has earned a place in our rotation of springtime sippers. Get the recipe here.

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