Leslie Hackett, DiscoverSD product manager
I love the Spicy Gallagher from Kettner Exchange. If a drink menu includes something infused with jalapenos or other spicy peppers, it’s hard for me to resist. For me, the Spicy Gallagher is the perfect blend of spicy and sweet to satisfy my thirst any time of year.
Spicy Gallagher: serrano infused tequila, aperol, lemon, watermelon, soda.
Michelle Dederko, DiscoverSD online editor
On the rooftop bar Fairweather, you can find me sipping the Hot Oaxcan as the sun sets over Petco Park. I’m less interested in the ball game and more in the magical mezcal cocktail that Anthony Schmidt has crafted. This drink is said to be the “cure-all for everything,” likely because it mixes citrus with smoky and has a hint of Cholula mixed in. Keep ‘em coming, and someone please, call me an Uber.
Hot Oaxcan: muddled lime, cucumber, basil, Cholula, sugar, mezcal, topped with cracked pepper and salt.
Liz Bowen, lifestyle/entertainment writer
Typically, I’m a tequila lover. Occasionally though, you’ll find me rekindling my romance with my old love, whiskey, as I sip my favorite cocktail in town at Sycamore Den. I adore the simplicity of fresh lemon and cinnamon against the booze in this one. The flavors complement each other perfectly.
Chapman’s Fix: Laird’s Bonded Applejack, Dickel Rye, fresh lemon, honey and cinnamon.
Laurie Delk, drink writer
Asking the cocktail writer to pick her favorite drink is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child! My favorite changes every time I meet with one of our crazy-talented mixologists around town and they show me their newest creations. Currently, I’m still digging on Adele Stratton’s The Flycatcher at Noble Experiment. It’s a perfect San Diego drink - so unique and delicious - and a must-try for cocktail fans.
The Flycatcher: Del Maguey Mezcal, fresh lime juice, cracked salt, orgeat, Campari, fresh watermelon juice, and shaken with a watermelon ice cube.