Bar manager Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap, Bourbon & Branch) presides over liquid courage at BDK Restaurant & Bar, San Francisco's new modern American tavern set within Kimpton's Hotel Monaco. Drinks here are named after their leading flavors (think shiso, chamomile, allspice), and below Diedrich offers up a fresh spin on the classic gin and tonic. Per Diedrich, "The sweetness of the sugar snap peas and sherry balance nicely with gin, so it seemed like a natural pairing to combine these three components. I added tonic to give the cocktail some effervescence, resulting in a refreshing take on a gin and tonic."
7 sugar snap peas
1 ounce manzanilla sherry
1 ounce gin (such as Beefeater)
1 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce lemon juice
2 dashes absinthe (optional)
Muddled sugar snap peas in cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients plus ice and shake together. Strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with tonic water and garnish with a snap pea.