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COCKTAIL AND DRINK RECIPES

Behind the Bar

Fernet-Branca recipes from talented bartenders at Wheat & Water and The Lion's Share

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Try these Fernet-Branca cocktail recipes from Ashley Moore of Wheat & Water and Jason O'Bryan of The Lion's Share. Read More »

Starlite Sips

Starlite San Diego

A retro-designed bar serving handcrafted drinks, Starlite in Mission Hills features great cocktails, hard-to-find spirits, and stellar food until midnight daily. Sure, there are plenty of bars in San Diego, but none quite like this one—not with a custom-designed, quasi-Steampunk interior with cocktails that celebrate all things local and inventive, with an eye on the classics. Starlite Cocktail Recipes Starlite ... Read More »

Sips for the Season

Summer cocktail recipes

Charger Blue Margarita from Old Town Mexican Cafe In a shaker with ice, combine 1-1/2 ounces El Jimador blanco tequila and 3 ounces Old Town Mexican Cafe margarita mix*. Shake and strain over ice into a lowball glass with a salted rim. Float with 1/2 ounce blue curaçao. Garnish with a lime wedge. *You can substitute your favorite store-bought or ... Read More »

The Magic of Spiced Rum

The Tale: Black Magic

Rum calls to mind images of swashbuckling pirates and seafaring drunkards—or, at least, rum of the 18th century does. Thanks to Black Magic, however, that corrupting swill is truly a thing of the past. This distiller’s premium spiced rum is a testament to the care and precision of rum-crafting in the 21st century. A blend of both light and aged ... Read More »

A New Taste of Old Harbor

Celebrating sips for one of San Diego's top distillers (and the California law that made it possible)

Old Harbor Cocktail Recipes

On October 8, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1295—a state law that allows craft distilleries in California to make their own cocktails for onsite tasting rooms, and sell up to two and a quarter liters of alcohol to-go per day. What does this mean for Old Harbor? A brand new bar, that’s what. Located inside their current distilling ... Read More »

Sip It: Spirits for the Season

Spring cocktail recipes from Puesto, Backyard Kitchen & Tap, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and Galaxy Taco Piña Colada from Puesto Combine 2 ounces white rum, 2 ounces coconut crème, and 4 ounces fresh pineapple juice in a shaker with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge ... Read More »

Winter Warmers from Rare Form

Winter cocktail recipes from Rare Form  Buck Hunter Add 1-1/2 ounces bourbon, 1/2 ounce apple brandy, 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice, and 3/4 ounce ginger syrup* to a shaker, then add crushed ice. Top with soda water, then strain into Collins glass over ice. Serve chilled. *To make ginger syrup, bring 4 cups water to a simmer in a saucepan ... Read More »

Smoky Summer Cocktails from Parq

Try these summer cocktail recipes from Jeremy Leblanc, Lead Bartender of Parq and of Kimo Sabe Brand Ambassador. Snap Dragon Muddle 2 small slices dragon fruit, 1 strawberry, 2 blackberries, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup in a shaker. Add ice and 1-1/4 ounces Kimo Sabe mezcal joven and shake vigorously. Double strain into a tall glass with ice and top with a splash of ginger beer. Kimo Sabe ... Read More »

Tequila Sunrise from Crab Catcher

Tequila Sunrise from Crab Catcher

Tequila Sunrise Make grenadine drops: In a small bowl, mix 2/3 ounce Algizoon solution* with 2/3 ounce grenadine and 2/3 ounce tequila. Drop the mixture with a pipette straight in a 4-teaspoon Calazoon mixture*. After about 30 seconds, drops will form; remove the drops with a tea strainer and rinse in a water bath. Place in a cocktail glass. To serve: Fill a cocktail glass 1/3 full with grenadine drops, then add 2/3 ... Read More »

Tempting Tipples from Union Kitchen & Tap

The Beetnik Muddle 2 slices cucumber, 4 slices ginger, and 1 basil leaf with a splash of lemon juice and 1/2 ounce agave in a shaker. Add 1-1/2 ounces Hendrick’s gin and 1 ounce beet juice. Shake and strain over ice into a lowball glass. Garnish with fresh basil. Strawberry Fields Muddle 5-6 strawberry slices with 1/2 ounce lemon juice, ... Read More »