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Not Your Mom’s Apple Pie
No, this may not be your mom’s apple pie, but Bacon & Butter’s liquid take on the all-American classic will leave you feeling homesick, no matter how many candles were on your last birthday cake. Bar manager Steve Nichols dreamed up the drink when he was asked, very last minute, to participate in a hot buttered rum contest at B-Side in 2017. “I happened to be at the grocery store when they called me to do it about an hour before the competition, and I literally had apple cider in my hand,” he says. (Nichols took second place, not bad considering he had created it on the fly.) The now-perfected version—which is served all winter long and pairs impeccably with any of the Tahoe Park restaurant’s legendary brunch items like the grilled cheese Benedict—is made with unprocessed apple cider from Barsotti in Apple Hill, Plantation 3 Stars rum and a house brown butter compound. To capture that fresh-out-of-the-oven feel and add a savory note Wisconsin-style, the glass is garnished with a sprig of thyme and an apple wheel topped with brûléed cheddar cheese. One sip, and you’ll find yourself at the restaurant breaking your no-phones rule to call your mother. $9. 5913 Broadway. 916-346-4445. baconandbuttersac.com —C.Y.