Blushed Spirits for Valentine’s Day

Jalisco Oceanside Refresh (courtesy photo)

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. You might find the sky bluer, the roses rosier, and the drinks even lovelier! This February, raise a blushed crafted cocktail and cheers with passion. Celebrating as a party of two or a party of you, Cupid has influenced this delightful list of concoctions to raise the spirits for all!

Hopeless romantics should flock to Jalisco Cantina, Oceanside’s newest elevated Mexican cuisine and craft cocktail destination. Enjoy plates of innovative dishes and scratch-made Mexican fare to pair with one-of-a-kind drinks from this local watering hole. Named for the home region of the blue agave plant, Jalisco features one of San Diego’s finest tequila selections in addition to their specialty margaritas and impressive signature cocktails including the vibrantly red Oceanside Refresh, a fruity drink made with grapefruit vodka, fresh strawberry puree, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and simple syrup.

Hit by Cupid’s bow, swoon over to the elegant and sophisticated Osetra Seafood & Steaks. Located in the heart of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, Osetra’s menu boasts gourmet seafood, hand-cut steaks, a raw oyster and caviar bar, dozens of award-winning wines, and handmade cocktails to please every discerning palate. Elevate your evening and enjoy the Crush Me Twice, a delightfully pink drink with mandarin blossom vodka, strawberries, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice, from the dazzlingly modern dining room at this upscale establishment.

Impress your Valentine with a trip to Wokou Ramen & Yakitori, an urban Japanese spot that is anything but your typical ramen restaurant. Unique, unexpected, and rooted in culture, Wokou promises an exciting eating experience unlike any other in Carmel Valley. Slurp up some warm and fiercely flavorful noodles alongside sizzling plates of Japanese yakitori before diving into their vibrant signature cocktails from the lively bar, including craft creations and over 38 variations of Japanese and international whiskeys. Sip on the sweet and pink The Blacker The Berry, The Sweeter The Old Fashioned, a black berry sage old fashioned with Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, house-made blackberry sage syrup, orange bitters, and orange zest for a tangy finish.

Feeling like a swanky night out in the Gaslamp District this Valentine’s Day, treat your heart-throb to one of Union Kitchen & Tap’s signature craft cocktails. Delight in the location’s lively atmosphere and amp up the romance with their Blackberry Mojito, a sweet intermingling of Captain Morgan White, fresh blackberries, muddled mint, agave, lime and soda. Effervescent and showcasing a vibrant red tint, this fruit-forward libation is idyllic for the occasion.

If crushing on your Valentine by the beach is in order, look no further than Pacific Beach AleHouse, an energetic hot-spot that exudes local beach vibes infused with elevated flair. For a fundamentally romantic cocktail that blends herbal elements with fruity essence, order their Got Thyme for This! cocktail, a bubbly refreshment crafted from Nolet’s Gin, elderflower, grapefruit, thyme simple syrup and champagne. If one thing is certain this Valentine’s Day, it’s that you’ll definitely make time for this!

Liven up your holiday for hearts with a trip to Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach. Known for their decadent cocktails and tropical flair, this beachy destination is the ideal spot to indulge in a staycation for the senses. Treat your special someone to a Caribbean getaway with their Vaval cocktail, concocted from Rhum Agricole, Creole Shrubb, fresh lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, house honey syrup, house pomegranate syrup and black walnut bitters. Pink and packed with intricate flavor notes, this spritely libation will keep the romance flowing.

Known for its fun and surf-inspired atmosphere, The Duck Dive has become a Pacific Beach staple. Boasting a menu brimming with American classics and a cocktail list that showcases a multitude of carefully crafted and refreshing options, this local hangout has costal charm for the love stuck. Dive into their Blueberry Mojito, infused with Appletons Estate White Rum, muddled blueberries, lime and fresh mint. This crisp and fruity refreshment is the blushed taste you won’t want to go without this Valentine’s Day!

Roses can be red, San Diego skies tend to be blue, these Valentine’s Day blush spirits are full of love for you!