National Bourbon Day

Woodford Reserve Whiskey at Wood Ranch
Woodford Reserve Whiskey at Wood Ranch

It’s time to show some love to America’s Native Spirit! June 14 marks National Bourbon Day—a perfect time to cherish the richly flavored American offshoot of whiskey. Whether you prefer it neat, in a cocktail or part of a flight- there’s plenty of ways you can celebrate at these San Diego restaurants.

Stop into barleymash on National Bourbon Day for an $18 Old Forester flight and cocktail, and keep the glass! Sip on a perfect pour of Old Forester, Old Forester Signature and Old Forester 1897 and then choose your favorite to enjoy in an Old Fashioned cocktail. Top off the experience by walking away with a keepsake glass, while supplies last.

Celebrate bourbon while being surrounded by the Guinness World Record holding collection of whiskey. The Whiskey House in Gaslamp is offering a $24 special flight of bourbon for enthusiast to enjoy. Sip on a selection of the restaurants signature bourbons- Angels Envy Port Cask, Elijah Craig 12 Year, Knob Creek Single Barrel and Four Roses 9.5 Year Cask.

Mix it up with an Instagram-worthy cocktail at WhipHand in East Village. Mixmaster Rob McShea recommends the Hound Dog, a unique blend of bacon washed bourbon, peanut orgeat, banana, bitters, and salt. Enjoy it half off during happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

Keep it neat with a single pour at The Smoking Gun in Downtown San Diego. Choose from an impressive selection of classics such as Buffalo Trace and Maker’s Mark, which are all offered at half off during happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m.

Keep it classic by sipping on the Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned at Wood Ranch in Mission Valley. The cocktail is a hand-crafted old-fashioned with Woodford Reserve, with fresh orange zest and an exquisite Luxardo cherry for a taste of tradition with a sweet bourbon twist.

Cheers to bourbon at Amici’s Ristobar at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Consider the Chinotto for an Italian flare to the liquor- Four Roses Bourbon with lemon, San Pellegrino, Chinotto and aromatic bitters. A perfect way to toast to America’s spirit!

Prohibition, a 1920s-era underground speakeasy that is repeatedly named among San Diego’s best cocktail bars, offers several bourbon-based cocktails. From Berlin With Love is made with the hospitality group’s own Kentucky Spirit GBOD Single Barrel Bourbon, Jägermeister Manifest, and R&D House Bitters. Cubano Manhattano puts some Havana heat into a traditional Manhattan recipe by mixing Russel’s Reserve GBOD Single Barrel Bourbon, Havana 1920 coffee liqueur and Mancino Rosso vermouth. San Diego Tramp Stamp is made with Old Forester bourbon, Fernet, lemon, orgeat, cinnamon.

Theatre Box, San Diego’s new luxury cinema, dining and entertainment complex, offers a selection of over-the-top bourbon cocktails. The Campfire Spiked S’mores Insane Milkshake is a decadent blend of chocolate and coffee ice cream, espresso, toasted marshmallow and Virginia Black Whiskey, topped with a seven-layer s’more and served on top of a dark chocolate-covered mug with Hershey bar chunks and graham cracker. The Drake Smoking Candy Goblet is a mix of international rapper Drake’s own Virginia Black Whiskey, peach puree and sweet tea, served in a 60-oz. goblet and topped with Sour Patch peaches and a cotton candy puff.

BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, an award-winning modern-American eatery and craft cocktail bar located in San Diego, will toast to the occasion with its signature Lonely Heart cocktail, a combination of bourbon, sherry, lemon, egg whites, fermented blood orange and ginger syrup.

Mezé Greek Fusion, a Greek restaurant with California flair located in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, will “greek” out with the Greek Freak, a combination of fig-infused Redemption bourbon, fresh lemon and honey.

Bleu Bohème, San Diego’s award-winning French restaurant, will celebrate the spirit with its Démodé cocktail, made with its “old fashioned” bourbon house-infused with blood orange and star anise.