Cocktails

  • The Grass Skirt to host bar takeover nights

    The Grass Skirt to host bar takeover nights

    The Grass Skirt tiki bar in Pacific Beach is getting into the collaborative spirit. During November, the P.B. restaurant/bar will play host to bar takeovers with three drinking destinations selected by its beverage director, Steven Tuttle, throughout November. For those who fancy exclusive bar...

  • What's in a number? Good food, cocktails

    What's in a number? Good food, cocktails

    If there's one way to give your new restaurant an air of exclusivity, hide its address and signage from the street, so only those hipsters "in the know" can easily find it. Another trend that appears to be popping up over the past year is the debut of numerous eateries and cocktail bars that incorporate...

  • San Diego gets into the spirit with craft distillery tours

    San Diego gets into the spirit with craft distillery tours

    Fresh juice is fabulous and tonic is terrific, but at the new  You & Yours Distilling Company in San Diego's East Village, the best cocktail mixer might be a jigger of knowledge. In August, You & Yours became the latest local spirits maker to offer tours of its distillery. For $25, you can step...

  • Alcohol on call

    Alcohol on call

    Never set foot in a liquor store again with these local booze delivery services

  • San Diego restaurant unveils cannabis cocktail

    San Diego restaurant unveils cannabis cocktail

    Madison on Park bar manager Danny Kuehner has rolled out his first cannabis cocktail, the Mr. Nice Guy. Priced at $18, the tropical drink is a mixture of mezcal, cannabidiol (CBD) oil, matcha (powdered green tea), pineapple, coconut milk and lime. Kuehner was interested in CBD oil for its medicinal...

  • Booze 101: Creating a home bar cart

    Booze 101: Creating a home bar cart

    Mixologist Efren Agustin teaches us how to convert an alcohol and spirits collection into a home bar cart.

  • Rosé all day with these great deals

    Rosé all day with these great deals

    Rosé all Day. Team Rosé. Guns N' Rosé. And, even Brunch and Brosé. The pink wine that has become a national sensation has elicited a plethora of signature t-shirts, wine glasses, and decorative quotes on Facebook. As one of the most versatile wines on the planet, rosé can be paired with anything...

  • Time to tiki at inaugural cocktail competition

    Time to tiki at inaugural cocktail competition

    As the tiki cocktail craze continues to heat up in San Diego, locals are enjoying the rebirth of classic cocktails and the openings of tiki bars around the city. Exciting news is here for those loyal fans who want to see their favorite bartenders in action - the inaugural Tiki Cocktail Competition...

  • Cocktail star from Mexico City brings spirits to Happy Hour

    Cocktail star from Mexico City brings spirits to Happy Hour

    George's Level2 has been hosting semi-regular Happy Hour guest mixologist events for sometime now, but on Monday, they're bringing a big shaker to town. Jose Luis Leon is a star in the bar scene of Mexico City. For the past five years he has been the manager of Licorería Limantour, a Mexico City...

  • Get spirited at cocktail, culinary festival

    Get spirited at cocktail, culinary festival

    Time to shake things up when this spirited cocktail and culinary festivals is returning to San Diego for the ninth year at the end of August. The San Diego Spirits Festival brings samples of top-shelf cocktails from small-batch and big-name distillers along with tastes from local restaurants and...

  • Dusty Rabbit cocktail competition will wet your whistle

    Dusty Rabbit cocktail competition will wet your whistle

    Rabbits are returning to the Gaslamp this summer - Dusty Rabbits, that is. As part of the Gaslamp's 150th Anniversary, the Gaslamp Quarter Association is challenging downtown's top mixologists to create their version of a cocktail called the "Dusty Rabbit" and compete to see whose concoction will...

  • Bartenders head south of the border

    Bartenders head south of the border

    This is a cross-border relationship that could topple even the tallest of walls. On May 22, Adele Stratton and Andrew Cordero of San Diego speakeasy Noble Experiment are traveling south to guest bartend at Nórtico in Tijuana. The talented bartenders will bring their four unique cocktails to the...

  • Cutwater Spirits opens 50,000 square-foot space in Miramar

    Cutwater Spirits opens 50,000 square-foot space in Miramar

      The newest watering hole in town officially opened its doors Wednesday - and this time, it's not another brewery. Although Cutwater Spirits' roots are well connected to the beer community of San Diego, the focus here is on craft cocktails and spirits. The team behind Cutwater Spirits, who began...

  • The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila

    The Mexico Tourism Board made a cloud that rains tequila

    When it rains, it pours, and at one art gallery in Berlin, Germany, it was raining tequila. As part of a new campaign, the Mexico Tourism Board teamed up with ad agency Lapiz to create an exhibit aimed to promote Mexico as the next vacation hot spot.   The tequila cloud was made using ultrasonic...

  • 5 not-so-basic brunch drinks

    5 not-so-basic brunch drinks

    Brunch has become a serious business here in San Diego and equally as serious are the plethora of tasty and unique drinks that go along with the meals. Beyond a basic bloody or glass of champs to toast to the weekend, we wanted to highlight some of the more daring brunch beverages that are delightfully...

  • Sláinte! at this La Jolla whiskey festival

    Whiskey fans rejoice! The Hiatus Lounge, located poolside at Hotel La Jolla , brings back its popular spirit fest series from 2-5 p.m. March 18, with an inaugural installation for brown spirit lovers. WHISKEY! A Grain & Oak Festival features both straight and cocktail-ed spirits, including scotch,...

  • Beverages that won't hurt your waistline (too much)

    Beverages that won't hurt your waistline (too much)

    January and February should be renamed "National Drying Out Months." After our bacchanalia of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's feasts and festivities, and the sugar-coated Valentine's Day, our waist lines are bulging and our livers exhausted. But drying out (or drying up just a smidge) doesn't...

  • Spirits to comfort you on rainy days

    Spirits to comfort you on rainy days

    Southern Californians by nature are not pluviophiles (lovers of rain or those who find joy on rainy days). Americans run from far and wide to bask in the glorious rays of sun that clock in 266 days per calendar year. So for those cloudy, stormy, rain-filled days San Diegans need a little liquid...

  • Two words: George's + mezcal

    Two words: George's + mezcal

    Here's a sure-fire way to battle the winter blahs: George's Level2, the newly refashioned bar at George's at the Cove, will host the latest in its monthly Craft at the Cove cocktail series on Monday night. Level2's Stephen Kurpinsky will welcome fellow mixologist Carlos Ochoa - a brand ambassador...

  • Local restaurants spotlight local distilleries

    Local restaurants spotlight local distilleries

    With the craft beer movement in explosion mode, and a brewery opening on every corner, it might be easy to overlook the homegrown distilleries we have right here in San Diego County. Here are a few local hotspots who have answered the call to support local distilleries (and whom we tip our hats...

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