Eating Pop Rocks with S.F. Mayor Ed Lee

The Bay Lights cocktail lights up your mouth like so many LEDs

When the Bay Bridge went ablaze with 25,000 LED lights On March 5, San Francisco’s other bridge became, at 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, the world’s largest LED light sculpture. For whatever that’s worth. What really matters is what the mayor was drinking when the switch went on. And we happened to find out.

For the Bay Lights cocktail,  Simone Mims of the Americano Restaurant in Hotel Vitale, where the VIP ceremony was held, uses Anchor Distilling’s Hophead Vodka — distilled from two different types of dried hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley (the same ones used for Anchor Steam beer) — as a base and “culinary crystals” (think pop rocks) to “symbolize the motion of the lights on the bridge, such as the movement of the crystals exploding in your mouth.” Huh. If we’re willing to turn the bridge into a light display, why not start feeding the cities top officials pop rocks?

The Bay Lights project, programmed by artist Leo Villareal, will run through 2015.

Bay Lights


1 oz. Hophead Vodka by Anchor Distilling
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1 oz. Orange juice
1/4 oz. Orgeat
1/4 oz. Orange brandy


Rim glass with pineapple-flavored culinary crystals. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a high ball. Top with lemon lime soda.