Finding Floral Cocktails

Devil's Advocate at Cloak and Petal in San Diego, CA
Devil’s Advocate at Cloak and Petal

Spring has sprung in San Diego – with flowers, sunshine, and the beaches close-by, it’s doesn’t get better than this. This year’s weather conditions have brought San Diego the rare gift of the desert Super Bloom, back and better than ever with an extraordinary bounty of poppies, lilies, lupine and carpets of flowers as far as the eye can see! No need to fight the crowds driving out for flower-viewings – local bartenders are bringing the blooms to you with photo-worthy floral garnishes. Here is a list of some top San Diego hot spots to sit, sip, and enjoy some spring sunshine with vibrant blossoms in hand.

Find cocktails in full bloom at Farmer’s Table, the cute Bay Park, Little Italy and La Mesa neighborhood eatery with a focus on organic ingredients. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Farmer’s Table serves up family recipes with the motto of “honest food done right”, bringing authentic flavors to both food and drink to complement the charmingly rustic décor. Take in this vintage and casual space ideal for friends, families, and date night with the That’ll Do Pig, a new combination of infused botanical gin, egg whites, a dash of rose water bitters, cold press lemon, agave, and topped with an edible flower. Served in a tiny little glass shaped like a pig, it’s worthy of a photo or two!

Take an underground journey to Cloak & Petal, a magically transformed Japanese dining lounge that is reminiscent of an trendy Tokyo subway. Sip from an impressive selection of signature cocktails beneath colorful indoor cherry blossom trees before dining on traditional Japanese fare perfect for sharing. Savor food, drinks and friendship at this intimate space with a glass of The Devil’s Advocate, a mix of Caribbean rum, cashew milk, lime, and high eastern Jamaican rum and an accentuation of Peychaud’s bitters topped off with a stunning flower. The gorgeously show-stopping drinks at Cloak & Petal are sure to be on everyone’s Instagram feed – and well worth the trip to Little Italy.

Located in the heart of Mission Beach, Miss B’s Coconut Club is the alluring spring destination just steps from the sand features tropical cocktails with plenty of floral flair. Serving up Caribbean-inspired fare and island cocktails, Miss B’s boasts a creative menu of shareable tropical punches and bowls to generate a buzz. Flying solo? The Caribe Welcome contains Puerto Rican rum, apricot brandy, coco lopez, coconut water, and fresh lime juice. Garnished with an orchid blossom and poured in a hollow coconut, this libation invites you to kick back and relax at this beachside escape!

If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, look no further than Osetra Seafood and Steaks, found in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter. This elegant and modern restaurant is centered around a three-story tower housing an award winning wine collection in addition to an ice bar, oyster bar, caviar bar and full menu of gourmet seafood, meats and pastas. A sophisticated selection of grown-up refreshments completes the experience at Osetra, complete with house specialties with one-of-a-kind flavor! Be sure to order the Coronado Apple Pie, a house signature that combines Belvedere vodka, passion fruit, apple butter cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, and nutmeg with a delicate pansy garnish.

Union Kitchen and Tap is the perfect mix of trendy and rustic, complete with a robust drink selection to boot. With two locations in the Gaslamp Quarter and seaside Encinitas, Union Kitchen and Tap’s stylish decor and comfortable ambiance make it a go-to destination for a night out. Fuel your spring spirit with the What better way to start the night than with the Sloane, a floral-flavored cocktail that combines Belvedere Vodka, Kappka Pisco, blackberry, aloe, and Angostura, or sip on the tangy, fresh and spicy Vernita Green with pasilla-infused mezcal, verdita and ancho reyes verde with a colorful sprig on top.

Oceanside’s Jalisco Cantina is named for the picturesque region of central coastal Mexico that is filled with rolling landscapes, beautiful hillsides, and the magnificent blue agave plant – all inspirations for their stellar cocktail selection! Featuring some of the finest handcrafted sips and tequila available, Jalisco Cantina’s talented bar manager is constantly concocting unique specialty margaritas and cocktails using seasonal ingredients. Be adventurous and try the Zumbido Margarita, a mix of blanco tequila, prickly pear, lemon and ginger with a buzz button, an edible flower bud that gives a tingly, numbing sensation.

There’s no better way to celebrate springtime than with fresh flowers in your glass! Raise a toast to the Super Bloom with these photo-worthy libations around San Diego.