Cocktails From Around The World

San Diego Food Finds

Uptown Tavern Mojito

Whether served blended, on the rocks or neat; these cocktails are as unique to their countries as any national dish and this is where you can find them in San Diego.

Pina Colada – Puerto Rico

Do you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? The blended mixture of rum, pineapple and coconut cream can transport you to a Caribbean island. Many people claim to have been the ones that created this quintessential Puerto Rican cocktail but Tavern at the beach gives it a nice little PB kick. The Frozen Pineapple Express is whipped up Appleton Jamaican rum, spiced liqueur, fresh pineapple, coconut cream and lime.

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Bartenders Honor Prohibition Day

waterfront-prohibitonDecember 5th, Prohibition or Repeal Day, honors the rich traditions of imbibing and the legitimacy of our beloved bartenders. There is no better way to celebrate than at San Diego’s oldest taverns or with era-themed parties and classic drinks that give a nod to the last 83 years of drinking legally. So gather some friends and observe our constitutional rights at these local San Diego watering holes!

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Grant Grill Winter Cocktails

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Fall In New England

In the spirit of the holiday season, Grant Grill’s Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto is pleased to present his new seasonal winter cocktail menu – The Giving Tree.

Created in tandem with lead mixologist Jeff Josenhans’ new cider project to launch in early 2017, Cory Alberto takes advantage of all that nature has to offer this time of year, with The Giving Tree cocktail menu, also based off his favorite children’s book by legendary, Shel Silverstein. Each cocktail is inspired by a gift from trees including flavors from oak and apple trees, or smoke driven flavors from wood, bark, or fruit. 

New additions to Grant Grill’s winter cocktail menu, The Giving Tree, showcase everything from cedar and blossom foam to flaming cinnamon sticks and more.

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New Oceanside Speakeasy

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3 Local Brothers

A staple in the North County San Diego food scene, 3 Local Brothers, Inc., will open 101 Proof in Oceanside this Thursday, October 27th.

With an ode to the Prohibition era, guests can look forward to enjoying unique craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere at this new Oceanside speakeasy. Setting up shop in a former bank vault in the catacombs of Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank at 2002 S Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA., this reservation-only journey begins at the exclusive vault door entrance on Vista Way. 101 Proof features copper penny floors, a copper ceiling and hits capacity at 35 guests. The cocktail lineup will utilize hand-pressed juices and hand-carved ice; patrons, however, guests can also indulge in a carefully curated beer and wine list and mouthwatering small plates by the Urge culinary team.

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Halloween Happy Hour


Sleepy Hollow

Eat, drink and be scary with cocktails this Halloween at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant and Bleu Bohème.

Creatures of the night will be reaching for a sip of Sleepy Hollow, Bleu Bohème’s spooky cocktail. Made with mezcal, Allspice Dram liqueur and an absinth rinse, the cocktail is garnished with toasted rosemary that smokes like eerie fog.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will celebrate Halloween with an extended “Hallow-Hour” happy hour special and a creepy new cocktail, the Boomstick, on Monday, Oct. 31.

The Boomstick, developed by bar manager Zack Gray, is made with Malahat spiced rum, amaretto, pumpkin, pomegranate and lime, and garnished with sage smoke. Inspired by the horror series, “The Evil Dead,” the drink is reminiscent of the sawed-off shotgun used by main character, Ash, while the tall glass and smoking sage represents a smoking gun. The Boomstick is priced at $12.

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Celebrate National Rum Day

Miss B's Coconut Club

We Don’t Practice Santeria at Miss B’s Coconut Club

Rum is a spirit with serious legs. From Colonial-era flips to tiki fantasies, the molasses-based spirit has been a part of drinking for over two centuries. These days bars across San Diego have taken classic rum cocktails and brought them into the 21st century. Drink up and celebrate National Rum Day, August 16 at these San Diego bars. Raise your glass and toast with these modern day rum spirits.

Sail away at Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach with a variety of carefully crafted rum cocktails. Drawing inspiration from the Caribbean islands and the birth place of rum, Miss B’s has a rum drink that will satisfy everyone’s palates. A must-have is the We Don’t Practice Santeria made with Puerto Rican and Jamaican rum, house passion fruit syrup, house honey syrup, fresh lime juice and saffron bitters. Floral and colorful, this drink just might have you practicing santeria after a couple of sips.

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About Town With Cool Comic-Con Cocktails


Check out these cool Summer cocktails during Comic-Con on July 21st-24th.

Searsucker San Diego

Located in the epicenter of downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, Searsucker downtown serves a playful menu of classic twists on New American cuisine and an array of moth-watering cocktails.  Just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center and offering a great patio on Fifth Avenue for superhero and zombie watching, Searsucker is transforming their entire cocktail menu from July 21 through 24 to pay tribute to some of Comic-Con’s greatest characters and blockbuster movies including DC Comic’s Suicide SquadGame of Thrones, The Simpsons, Iron Man and more.  The full Comic-Con cocktail menu can be found here

Name: Tai Me a River | Comic-Con Name: The

Rum Isn’t Always Gone

Name: Fizzy Lifter | Comic-Con Name: Jokes on Quinn

Name: Flower & Vince | Comic-Con Name: Ivy’s Sweet Relief

Name: Far South of the Border | Comic-Con Name: Fantastic Beasts + Where to Find Them

Name: Hearts on Fuego | Comic-Con Name: Mother of Dragons

Name: Buffalo Soldier | Comic-Con Name: Tony Stark

Name: Drunken Luchador | Comic-Con Name: Cloak and Cowl

Name: Fifth + Market | Comic-Con Name: I Said My Name Is Ajax

Name: French Squeezed | Comic-Con Name: Homer Sips On

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Aperol Cocktails Take Over Happy Hour Menus

BiCE Aperol SpritzAperol cocktails are taking over happy hour menus across the nation this season. With its bitter orange taste, aperol is being mixed with other citrus liqueurs and juices to create sweet and refreshing summer drinks. 

The JRDN Mimosa

The JRDN Mimosa is a refreshing twist on a classic. Made with aperol, St. Germain, orange and Prosecco, this drink is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.

JRDN (858) 270-5736

723 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

Trust Cocktail #1

If you’re looking for a truly unique aperol cocktail, Hillcrest’s newest sensation TRUST has you covered with the Trust Cocktail #1. Mixologist Juan Sanchez combines dry beefeater gin, aperol, sweet dolin blanc vermouth, lemon and egg white.

Trust (619) 795-6901

3752 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA

Bencotto – Argo Spritz  

Sit outside and take in the sights and sounds of Little Italy while enjoying the fresh and citrusy Argo Spritz at Bencotto. This drink made with citron vodka, St. Germaine, aperol and Prosecco is the perfect summer sipper. $12

Bencotto (619) 450-4786

750 W. Fir St. Suite 103, San Diego, CA

Monello – Sangue Dolce

Monello’s Sangue Dolce or sweet blood in Italian, is a delicious combination of sweet and bitter flavors. A mix of aperol, mango, luzardo bitter, solerno, lime and blood orange soda. $11

Monello (619) 501-0030

750 W. Fir St. Suite 102, San Diego, CA

Bottega Americano – Il Buttero

If you’re looking to spice things up, the Il Buttero at Bottega Americano is the perfect cocktail. Made with serrano infused tequila, aperol, smoky mezcal, lemon and hibiscus honey, this drink will kick start your summer. $12

Bottega Americano (619) 255-7800

1195 Island Ave, San Diego, CA

BiCE – Aperol Spritz

Sip on the Aperol Spritz at BiCE and be whisked away to Italy. This classic Italian cocktail is a thirst-quenching combination of aperol, soda and Prosecco.

BiCE (619) 239-2423

425 Island Ave, San Diego, CA

The Westgate Hotel – La Dolce Vita

Toast the summer sun while sipping on the La Dolce Vita by the pool at the Westgate Hotel. This citrus centric cocktail contains aperol, lime and orange juices, simple syrup and orange bitters. $12 

Westgate Hotel (619) 238-1818

1055 2nd Avenue San Diego, CA

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Bourbon and the Classic Cocktails Comeback

1919 Bourbon Picklebacks

1919 Bourbon Picklebacks

Revered as America’s “Native Spirit,” bourbon is becoming an increasing popular drink of choice as classic cocktails are continuing to make a comeback. While the origin of bourbon is still a large source of debate, it’s widely believed that it was first distilled in charred oak barrels by a Baptist minister living in Bourbon County, Kentucky.nTry new takes on classic recipes by visiting these eight San Diego restaurants whose bourbon spirits will transport you back to the era of bow ties and suspenders.

There’s no better place to celebrate bourbon than at barleymash, where the philosophy and menu options are inspired by the libation. Enjoy their local favorite, P.S.C (Pumpkin Spiced Cocktail), made with Old Forester Bourbon, house pumpkin syrup, lemon and orange bitters. Or take a swig of one of their over 25 bourbon selections served neat, on the rocks or mixed.

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Brunch by the Beach and Beyond

BrunchNext time you’re craving a well-deserved weekend libation, head to these hotspots with the best brunch drink deals around!

After a morning of surfing head to the Pacific Beach restaurant that is named after the sport itself. The Duck Dive is sure to quench your thirst for cheap brunch drinks with a kick. From 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., daily, enjoy their $3.50 Absolut Bloody Buddies and $17.50 Bottomless Mimosa Bar. Beer for breakfast more your style? The Duck Dive also serves $4 Pacificos, all day on the weekends!

Locals of Solana Beach love Union Kitchen & Tap, and there are many reasons why. One of them being, their brunch deals! On Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., any brunch entrée and bottomless mimosas is only $24.95. Have your brunch and drink it too!

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Music Inspired Cocktails At Grant Grill

Cocktails At Grant GrillDon’t stop for just your average cocktail, sip in style and try a new music-inspired menu of libations– created just in time for awards season.

Known for shaking up some of the nation’s best cocktails, the beverage team at Grant Grill knows how to surprise and delight with the launch of their new music-inspired cocktail menu by Chef de Bar, Cory Alberto’s favorite musicians. The menu titled, “Kind of Blue” draws flavors from Chicago Jazz musician, Howlin’ Wolf’s favorite things to the flavors of BB King’s southern roots.

Menu includes:

  • Howlin’ Wolf – Johnny Walker Red, Cane Sugar, Chocolate and Angostura Bitters, Cigar Foam
    • Named after Cory’s favorite jazz musician, Howlin’ Wolf, Chicago blues singer and guitarist – bringing together two of his favorite things, scotch and cigars
  • Lady Ella – Remy Martin 1738, Crème Yvette, Rose Water, Tangerine, Prosecco
    • Named after Ella Fitzgerald’s piano player who’s sipped cocktails at Grant Grill 
  • Lucille – Huckleberry Infused Dickel White Whiskey, Blue Curacao, Lemon, Honey, Egg White
    • Named after the most famous guitar of all time, BB King’s. The recipe pays homage to his Southern roots – moonshine, berries, and a dark purple/blue coloring 
  • Wipeout – Mt Gay Black Barrel US Grant Blend Rum, El Silencio Mezcal, La Gitana Sherry, Tarragon Orgeat, Lime, Pineapple, Tiki Bitters, Splash Absinthe
    • Named after Dick Dale, the King of Surf Guitar. Drink is served is a tiki glass and set on fire
  • Ali Farka – Avua Cachaca, Lime, Acai Berry Puree, Splash Aquavit
    • Named after Ali Farka, the Blues guitarist from Africa who lived in Brazil most of his life and where the recipe’s inspiration comes from
  • Preservation Hall – Mt Gay Black Barrel US Grant Blend Rum, Hennessy VS Cognac, Fonseca Ruby Port, Amaro Nonino, Orange and Peychaud’s Bitters
    • Named after the famous music venue in the French Quarter of New Orleans

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Dazzling December Cocktails

So San Diegans, who’s ready for some holiday fun? These bars will sure make you stop while on the run!


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The bartenders at Uptown Tavern are awaiting in Hillcrest, with a mid-week Martini meltdown the bar has bequest. Martinis like the caramel apple and chocolate martini are available Wednesday at 9 and won’t make you a holiday meanie.

While over at West Coast Tavern they have concocted a cocktail without force they’ve called this drink The Nightmare Before Christmas of course. With a pour of Old Forester, Fernet Branca and lime, it’s topped with luxardo cherry juice to sip on during mealtime .

During the holidays, where in the country can you drink near the beach? Why of course San Diego’s very own Mission and Pacific Beach! Head to Mission Beach’s Sandbar for some tacos and a margarita, Or share a private tap at PB’s Tavern during this season with your senorita.


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This December, barleymash will warm you up with some whiskey, they have craft cocktails and sips (if you’re risky). Try the Hipster Hatchet with Old Forester Bourbon to drink. And whiskey lovers might like Jameson Gold on the rocks to clink.

For those looking for a quick drink while shopping in North Park,  Pull up a seat at True North Tavern, they promise they don’t bark.  The Compass Rose with Champagne, Raspberry liqueur and pom juice, is a fizzy drink that might cause holiday cheer to diffuse.

This holiday season, these San Diego bars will make sure you’re alright and “Happy Holidays to all, and have a joyous good-night!”

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Jsix Lands New Head Bartender

New Jsix head bartender Chris Burkett

The highly original and laid-back barkeep, Chris Burkett, joins the team at Jsix as head bartender. Burkett, who comes from Cusp Dining & Drinks and replaces former bar lead Nate Howell, will create the seasonal cocktail menus at Jsix starting with his palate pleasing fall menu. Sharing Jsix’s belief that quality drinks and service is the recipe for the best bars, Burkett’s fall menu includes originals that highlight mulled wines, tea syrups and seasonal spices.


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The drinks are warm in color and visibly layered. For example, Burkett’s Sealed Nectar features Dickel Rye, lemon, honey, egg white, star anise and mulled wine. The colorful Without Reproach will be a bar favorite, blending Maker’s Mark, mint, blackberries, lemon and black cardamom syrup. One of the most exciting drinks on the menu is Burkett’s Sycophant’s Desire, with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Jsix’s Woodford blend, fig-cinnamon syrup, Jerry Thomas bitters and a stout beer float. Burkett is now serving the new cocktail menu behind the bar at Jsix.

About Chris Burkett: As head bartender at Jsix, California native Chris Burkett brings his classic approach and timeless techniques to the balanced, ingredient-focused cocktails on Jsix’s menu. Studying classic cocktails in Chicago under the tutelage of Peter Vestinos, Chris began to fall in love with spirits and cocktail creation. After a year of gaining knowledge on spirits, balance, methods and a fit for his own personal style, Chris returned to California to take on beverage programs at notable bars, including the recent Cusp Dining & Drinks and now Jsix. Chris wants guests to feel comfortable, appreciated, and engaged in what they are drinking without pretense. Understanding cocktails can be new to some guests, so Chris blends ingredients that might not be common knowledge, and presents them in an enjoyable, yet accessible cocktails.

For the full bar menu, including the library of American made spirits and classic cocktails, visit

Westgate Whiskey Pairing Dinner

Westgate The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Hotel invites you to an exclusive evening with renowned Master of Whiskey, Ed Adams. He will introduce you to the captivating flavors and aromas, history and folklore of the best whiskeys of the world in harmony with a five-course dinner specially created by Fabrice Hardel.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Le Fontainebleau Room
Whiskey cocktail Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Five-course pairing dinner at 7:00 p.m.
$99 (tax and gratuity additional)

Whiskeys featured are: Crown Royal XO, Oban 18 Single Malt, Talisker Storm Single Malt, Lagavulin 16 Single Malt and Baterhouse 20 years.

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Ginger’s is Gaslamp’s Buried Treasure


Ginger’s Martini Lounge Located Downstairs at Barleymash (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)

Ginger’s is Gaslamp’s Buried Treasure

Not known by all, there is buried treasure in the Gaslamp’s nightlife. Underneath the corner of Fifth and Market, below the Barleymash restaurant and bar, is a hidden gem called Ginger’s. This surreptitious martini lounge provides the perfect balance between relaxed and dynamic with the alluring combination of creatively crafted cocktails, social lounge, temping music, and an inviting dance floor.

Nighttime revelers can seek refuge below street level and soak up the intimate setting with one of ginger’s signature cocktails while chatting with friends amongst the comforts of leather clad couches and dim accent lighting. As the various vodka and gin concoctions help whisk away the woes of the work week, the rhythmic beats emanating from the DJ’s turntables assist in shifting the evening to the next gear.

With the revelation of this clandestine club sure to get around, there will be plenty of “those in the know” to share in the experience. Sometimes one has to head below ground to see what’s up.

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