Finding Seasonal Mint Cocktails

The Smoking Gun Cocktail

From Candy Canes to Mint M&M’s, the flavor is typically associated with the holiday season! Often added as a finishing garnish to a decedent dish or shaken into a classic cocktail, it’s quite clear what a perfect accompani-mint it can be. Here are some spots around San Diego where you can find mint-infused libations that prove mint and liquor are mint to be any time of year!

Step back in time a few decades when you walk through the doors of the Gaslamp’sThe Smoking Gun, a retro bar and restaurant located on Market Street. The urban setting, southern-style dishes and creative cocktail list draws locals and visitors from all over. Peer through an old school viewfinder to check out the offered drinks, and order The Smoking Gun, made with famous Grouse scotch, Laphroaig Select, Averna, lemon and mint, which adds a refreshing finish. Sample an assort-mint of side dishes or go big with the market street meats menu. You’re sure to love everything they’re serving up at The Smoking Gun!

While doing some afternoon shopping in the Hillcrest neighborhood, stop into The Rail for a fuel up. Also, a popular lunch spot for business professionals, The Rail serves up craft beer, a tasty lunch menu and modern versions of artisanal cocktails. Try the sweet Mint Chip cocktail, consisting of Stillhouse Mint Chip Whiskey and Frangelico hazelnut-flavored liqueur. You can’t visit this establish-mint without ordering the infamous Rail Mac. A combination of elbow macaroni noodles, prosciutto and grilled chicken are smothered in a creamy Fontina and Gouda cheese sauce to create the most mouth-watering mac and cheese dish in the area.

barleymash, an iconic San Diego restaurant and bar located downtown, serves up fun times and delightful drinks, along with appetizing and progressive bar fare. Grab a seat at one of the inviting communal tables and make friends with those around you, as you imbibe to your hearts content. With happy hour half-off pricing Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on select starters and beverages, there is no reason not to enjoy yourself. Experience barleymash’s take on the classic mule cocktail by ordering The Whiskey Mule. While most mules are made with a vodka liqueur, this concoction of Jack Daniels Whiskey, mint, peach, lime and ginger beer is a refreshing kick in a copper mug!

Located just steps from the sand in high-energy Pacific Beach, The Duck Dive is the premier neighborhood beach lounge and eatery. They take pride in serving quality food and beverages without pretense, with a focus on classic American dishes as well as coastal favorite. For your enjoy-mint, sip the Blueberry Mojito made with Appleton Estate white rum, blueberries, lime and fresh mint. Duck Dive also recently rolled out a new breakfast and brunch menu, featuring burritos, omelets and a variety of toasts. The Avocado Toast, made with smashed avocado, pico de gallo, queso fresco and cilantro on top of sourdough bread is a must-try. Round up your friends and head to Duck Dive to take in the sights and sounds of the beach.

At Jalisco Cantina, guests will enjoy the uniquely made dishes and specialty drinks which reflect a region and culture as vibrant as the Mexican sun. Jalisco can be found in Oceanside, near the corner of North Coast Highway and Mission Avenue. Blue Agave tequila, Kentucky Straight Bourbon, fresh lime, orange curacao, simple syrup and fresh mint leaves make up the delicious Mint Julep Margarita. Snack on the chips and salsa, with spicy red chile, verde and lime, or add guacamole for an additional charge, an appetizer sure to compli-mint any of Jalisco’s craft cocktails.