The air is chilly, skies are gray, we’ve given up on our New Year’s resolutions, and Valentine’s Day chocolates are long gone. Rest assured, San Diego’s restaurant scene is geared up to help us skip those winter blues with a taste of paradise in classy cocktails! Experience a flavor staycation with island-inspired sips from these city hot-spots.
Cloak & Petal in Little Italy is the perfect place to forget about the brisk weather invading San Diego. With their extravagant cherry blossom tree placed inside, you won’t even remember it was winter to begin with– or where you even are for that matter. The Born & Dayzed cocktail features a rum blend of Martinique and Barbados, passion fruit, lime, falernum and a hint of absinthe. Be sure to take a picture with your drink because this Japanese-style environment will have your Instagram friends thinking you left the country!
Seeking a sweet escape to the tropics? Jalisco Cantina located in Oceanside is the place for you! Although it may not be ideal beach weather, it doesn’t hurt to tease your Facebook friends with snippets of sunny San Diego. Named after their location, the Oceanside Refresh is an exhilarating concoction consisting of Finlandia, grapefruit vodka, strawberry puree, lemon and simple syrup. While you may be dressed for sweater weather, this cocktail will give you the boost you need to drift into a tropical reverie!
Want an even better view of the winter beach? Just steps away from the sand, Pacific Beach Shore Club offers the perfect summer tease for you. This casual beach atmosphere will have you sipping the Mango Tango faster than you can say island getaway. Consisting of Malibu mango and pineapple, agave mix, mixwell grapefruit soda and bitters, you’ll find it actually only takes one to tango!
Looking for a social cocktail hour? Grab your girlfriends and visit Miss B’s Coconut Clubin Mission Beach. The Havana Good Time serves three to five people, and to make it more fun than your typical punchbowl drink, it is served in a rose-gold flamingo! Made with Vodka, pamplemousse, kombucha, grapefruit and cucumber cordial, you and your crew will be walking out singing Havana ohh na-na.
Known for their amazing fish bowl menu, Waterbar in Pacific Beach is another place where you and your friends can get your island drink on. This specialty menu is crafted to serve two or more, as each drink comes in a colossal bowl suited for sharing! Their tropical libation, Poseidon’s Cup, consists of Absolut Elyx, Pimms #1, lemon, lime, Sprite and simple syrup.