In our last edition of Barfly we took you for a spin in the Windy City to indulge in a bourbon-based Sycamore Sling. And that was great. But now, and no offense, Chicago, it’s December and it’s a little too cold to be chilling on the shores of Lake Michigan. That’s why this week we’re hitting up the Golden State.
Located in midtown Sacramento, The Red Rabbit Bar and Kitchen’s exposed brick, old wood floor, soft lights and long central bar set the tone: the place is sexy and upscale while still managing to be classic, warm and welcoming.
The Red Rabbit’s owners pride themselves on using local, seasonal goods for all they proffer. “Not just for ingredients,” says the bar’s co-owner, Matt Nurge, “but our banking, printing, accounting and design are truly local.” Talk about a holistic approach.
The Red Rabbit has a list of at least 20 craft cocktails all made with in-house bitters, infusions and hand-muddled fresh herbs. You can order a classic or get a house-created specialty like the Buck Hunter (bourbon, lemon, house-made seasonal jam, vanilla bitters and ginger beer).
There are two other standouts on the drink menu we have to give proper shout-outs to. The first is Red Rabbit’s daily punch. For only $5.00, the punch may be the best way to get a unique libation at a killer price—and with no wait time. The second must-try is the “Dealer’s Choice”: for $9.00 your bartender will create a life-changing potion of gourmet boozy goodness.
You’re going to need some food to line your stomach in order for you to work your way down the cocktail menu, and The Red Rabbit has delicious farm-to-fork selections to nosh on, from pork belly kimchi sliders to crispy shrimp tacos to the rabbit pansotti, which, given the joint’s name, would be the honorable thing to ask for.
The fancy cocktail revival is in full swing up and down the Left Coast, and if handcrafted mixologist drinks are your thing, stop into Sacramento and order a Red Rabbit Dealer’s Choice for a liquor experience that can’t be recreated.