Getting bored with the same old mimosa and bloody mary for brunch? Looking for something different to spice up your weekend routine?
San Diego restaurants have heard your call for inventive and interesting cocktails and answered with a variety of options. So get ready brunch fanatics, here are some of your delicious local choices this weekend:
Farmer & the Seahorse
The Cinnamon Blueberry Old Fashioned speaks to pancake, waffle and bun fans with house-infused cinnamon bourbon, blueberry reduction, sparkling water and bitters at Brian Malarkey’s Farmer & the Seahorse (10996 Torreyana Road, Torrey Pines. thealexandria.com/farmer-the-seahorse).
Craft beer, mimosa, and bellini fans can have a meeting of the minds over the Lunchbox, made with Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, peach liqueur and orange juice.
Grapefruit is a San Diego brunch classic; take it up a notch with the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita cocktail to kick start your Saturday.
Madison on Park
Fans of bubbles (and Edgar Allen Poe) rejoice over The Running Rabbit, from Madison on Park (4622 Park Blvd., University Heights. madisononpark.com), a cocktail of amontillado sherry, Campari, grapefruit, absinthe and Champagne.
Healthy eaters will love the organic farm-to-cocktail selections at Cafe 21 (2736 Adams Ave., University Heights or 802 Fifth Ave., downtown. cafe21.com). Ol’ Yello’ Mary spins the traditional bloody mary in color and freshness with house yellow heirloom tomato mix, fresh horseradish, veggies and a grilled multicheese sandwich skewer.
Those in need of some antioxidant power (read: detox from your 1 a.m. shot contest) can get a boost at Breakfast Republic (2730 University Ave., North Park. breakfastrepublicca.com) with a range of organic antioxidant shots, or go halfway healthy with the Summer Breeze, made with vodka, their Tropical Detox shot, muddled blueberries and raspberries, lemon, orgeat and club soda.
At South Park hotspot Kindred (1503 30th St, South Park. barkindred.com), look past the “brunch cocktails” and go straight for their regular selections.
A yummy array of nonalcoholic concoctions include the Kiss of Steel with cold brew coffee, vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, coconut and an orange twist; and my favorite, the Black Magic Punch, with black currant kombucha, orange juice, ginger and blackberries.
For those needing their caffeine fix with a dose of hair of the dog, try The Spice Must Flow, with blanco tequila, green chili vodka, lime, orgeat and cold brew coffee.
Brunching across the bridge in Coronado? Stop at local favorite Leroy’s (1015 Orange Ave., Coronado. leroyskitchenandlounge.com) for eats and your coffee-cocktail with the Cold Brew Old Fashioned, made with Buffalo Trace, WestBean cold brew, vanilla and orange.
Stay tuned for my lineup of the city’s best twists on the beloved mimosa coming soon. Do you have a favorite unique brunch cocktail you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.