Ole ‘Merica has been having a rough year. Political battles, environmental upheaval, global unrest, and the rollercoaster of health care are causing the national stress level to reach new heights. This Fourth of July, citizens need a big breather to sip a cocktail, remember why they love the country, and remember all of the veterans who gave their lives for our country’s freedom. (Tip: Get in the spirit by throwing back some cocktails while binge watching AMC’s Turn on Netflix — a show about the Revolutionary War.)
With American pride in check, go hit these San Diego hot spots to show your patriotism with red, white, and blue cocktails.
Damn Skippy 90 Fresh, True North Tavern
Start your Fourth of July by matching the heat outside with a fiery burn inside your throat. In true San Diego spicy style, this cocktail uses Cutwater Spirits Fugu Habanero Vodka with housemade spicy Bloody Mary mix, and is topped with an assortment of treats like sliders, pop tarts, and even fruit rollups. Only in America.
3815 30th St., North Park, 619.291.3815, truenorthtavern.com
Leroy’s Red Sangria, Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Take a more relaxed option and wait for the firework festivities while sipping on a sangria made with Grand Marnier, St. Elder, red wine, and fresh fruit.
1015 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6087, leroyskitchenandlounge.com
Prairie Punch, Whisknladle
From bartender Eddie Avila this vibrant red cocktail is draws inspiration America’s heartland with Lemongrass Vodka, blood orange, agave and lime.
1044 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.551.7575, whisknladle.com
White Prosecco Pops, Level 4 at Hotel Palomar
Looking to cool off poolside this July 4? Head to Hotel Palomar’s stylish rooftop lounge for these unique frozen treats that are sure to make your sunning a lot more Instagram-worthy. Available now through July 4.
1047 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.515.3000. hotelpalomar-sandiego.com/rooftop-bar-san-diego
Fig Tree Colada, Fig Tree Café
There is no other white cocktail more popular than the classic pina colada — a must for summer celebrating. Grab brunch or lunch and sip on this cocktail, made with El Dorado 5 year rum, Bitter Truth Golden Falernum, pineapple, housemade coconut cream, and Angostura bitters.
2400 Historic Decatur Rd. #103, Liberty Station, 619.821.2044, figtreeeatery.com
Blue Dream Mimosa, Madison
Detox and get healthy(ish) with the most unique cocktail on this holiday list. This inventive drink is made with champagne, blue-green algae, organic lemon, alkaline H20, fuji apple and ginger.
4622 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.269.6566. madisononpark.com
Cocktail #13, Trust
Straight from bar manager Juan Sanchez: “So it’s not electric blue, but wouldn’t you rather have natural color from blueberries than chemical color anyway (that’s you blue Curacao)?” Go real and refreshing with Few American gin, elderflower liqueur, blueberry preserves and lemon.
3752 Park Blvd., Hillcrest, 619.795.6901, trustrestaurantsd.com
Blue Aviation, Morton’s the Steakhouse
Show your true blues with a classic-turned-patriotic cocktail crafted with Tanqueray gin, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur and Lemon Juice, and garnished with an Italian Luxardo Cherry.
285 J St., downtown, 619.696.3369, mortons.com/sandiego
American Trilogy, Sycamore Den
Celebrate ‘Merica in the comfy, down-home environment at Sycamore Den with this cocktail of Copper and Kings American Brandy, rye, orange bitters and a brown sugar cube.
3391 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, 619.563.9019, sycamoreden.com
I Cannot Tell a Lie, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
An homage to the George Washington story of the cherry tree, this cocktail is crafted with Do Good Distillery’s 3 Mile rum and Cherry Wood Smoked whisky, absinthe, Demerara syrup, and Angostura bitters.
2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.231.0222. bankershillsd.com
Make it at home
Looking for that perfect cocktail for your BBQ or 4th of July picnic? Try this perfectly patriotic crowd pleaser:
Picnic Basket by Banker’s Hill Bar + Restaurant
Serving size: 1 cocktail
2 – 1 inch cubes of watermelon (muddled)
2 oz. London Dry gin
3/4 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
Pinch of salt
Mix or make in batches. Serve with patriotic straw (available at 99 Cents Only Stores or Michaels), and garnish with a watermelon wedge and blueberries.