Finding Strawberry Sips

Crush Me Twice Cocktail at Osetra
Crush Me Twice Cocktail at Osetra (courtesy photo)

It’ll be Strawberry Fields Forever when you celebrate National Strawberry Day on February 27th with these sweet, berry-filled libations.

Though known throughout San Diego for their indulgent tater tot dishes, Bub’s @ The Beach also puts a twist on a classic cocktail favorite: the mule. Their Pacific Peach Mule contains Smirnoff Peach Vodka, muddled strawberries and elderflower liqueur, mixed with ginger beer, fresh lime and bitters, all topped with house champagne and a lime wedge. Served in a stainless-steel mule mug, sipping this refreshing beverage is an excellent way to celebrate National Strawberry Day!

Pacific Beach’s favorite neighborhood beach hotspot, Duck Dive, celebrates strawberries every day with their signature cocktail, Trophy Wife. Mixed with Absolut Pears, St. Germain, fresh strawberry and bubbles, it will send you to strawberry nirvana! Pair with Duck Dive’s delicious beer and butter steamed mussels, with house-made chorizo and roasted corn, for a delightful afternoon snack or post-surf session treat.

New to the East Village neighborhood, WhipHand is serving up specialty cocktails with strawberry undertones, and the best part is the drink names! Sip on the IG Model, a concoction made with oolong elyx vodka, Carpano Bianco, strawberry, coconut, citrus and bitters. Or better yet, order the Instagramable Yeezus Candle served in a cup adorned with Kanye’s saintly face, and made with cognac, mezcal, brown ale reduction, Campari, pineapple and strawberry.

Choosing from Osetra Seafood & Steaks’ extensive drink menu is always a challenge, but on February 27th, the choice is clear. Sip on the Crush Me Twice, created with Hangar One Mandarin Blossom vodka, strawberries, simple syrup and lemon juice. Stop in to the upscale Gaslamp District restaurant during happy hour, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., to enjoy this strawberry sensation for only $11.

Miss B’s Coconut Club, an island-inspired Mission Beach eatery and bar, is celebrating National Strawberry Day in style with their special Strawberry Gin Rocky, created just for the occasion. Available for a special price of only $7 on February 27th, this one-of-a-kind cocktail, made with Strawberry Beefeater gin, lime, grapefruit and cucumber, is sure to be refreshing and delicious.

The Gaslamp District’s iconic barleymash offers diners and drinkers multiple strawberry-infused cups, including their Invitation to the Pants Party, (named from the popular line from hit movie Anchorman) with strawberry infused German Amaro, Appleton’s Estate Rum, lime and sugar. Or opt for the simple See How Good I Look cocktail, a blend of Old Grove gin, strawberry and rosemary. Order either to pair with any of barleymash’s fresh dishes or shared plates.

The North County gets a nod with Jalisco Cantina’s cocktail, the Oceanside Refresca. This ode to our northern neighbors is made with grapefruit vodka, strawberry hibiscus and fresh lemon. Fresh fruity flavors abound in this beverage, ideal for enjoying on a warm day. On National Strawberry Day, head up Interstate 5 and raise a glass to cheers to Oceanside!

These cocktails show that strawberries are good for a lot more than just eating, and we think that’s worth raising a glass to!