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Drinking the Devil’s Acre by Duggan McDonnell

Fans of the city, local history, or—of course—cocktails, take note: Drinking the Devil’s Acre is one fantastic book. Not only did I learn a lot about the Barbary Coast and its single, bar-filled block known as the Devil’s Acre, but my eyes were opened to the legendary contributions San Francisco has made to cocktail culture: from the invention of pisco punch and the mai tai to its love of the negroni and the Gold Rush sazerac. Recipes for 25 of San Francisco’s most iconic cocktails are included in this small but powerful book, and it was my pleasure to try as many as possible. The Scorpion Bowl (page 93) has my highest recommendation.  —S.B.