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On the menu at Polite Provisions is a cocktail titled 38th Parallel. This too, contains two things I love: kimchi and gin. This, on paper, seems like a disastrous relationship to me. more

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Spring calls upon all the hallmarks in which gin revels: Youthful, elegant, and full of herbs and botanicals. more

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Alright, buckle up kids, we are going for a ride. It will be a depressing one, but rest assured, there will be a point. more

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The Velvet Unicorn at Juniper & Ivy (2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy)  treads water somewhere in between being both a flavor bomb and something in which there are tiny nuances to seek out. more

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In ordering, I must have overlooked the rosewater listed on the menu. They had finished the drink off with a very healthy misting of rosewater. God, I love that smell. more

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Looking around the bar, everything had been moved from when I was there, but only slightly. Everything had changed, but, was also familiar, much like the drink in front of me and the man who had served it to me. more

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There are very few joys that can equate to coming in from the cold, taking a warm, comfortable seat at the local pub, and sipping on a piping hot and strong Irish coffee. It’s about as soul satisfying as anything else I can think of. more

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Created by bar manager Ben Marquart, the One More Stop is a refreshing, eye-opening blend of mezcal, lime, orange juice, falernum and Galliano. more

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Created by Executive Pastry Chef Jeremy Harville, the cocktail is served with housemade churros. more

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One of my biggest flaws is my savage sweet tooth. In my early years of cocktail creating, it was my biggest obstacle. I was constantly battling with balance, because my own palate was off-kilter. more

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These things are meant to warm and caress the soul, but of all these bag-of-tricks items, my personal favorite winter holiday cocktail ingredient might, in fact, be the blood orange. more

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It was Halloween night and I was sitting at his bar about to drink one of his cocktails, the We All Float. It seemed appropriate for the evening. more

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The Sneaky Tiki is one of those things that is quintessentially San Diegan. It gets thrust upon locals in the same way that a burger from Hodad’s or a fish taco from South Beach does. more

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The Choke and Dagger, however, showed to be something more than a riff on a daiquiri. more

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The Moscow mule is arguably one of the most refreshing, approachable and crowd-pleasing cocktails of all time. more

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Of all the bars in San Diego, Prohibition (548 5th Ave.) undoubtedly holds the most precious place in my heart. more

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“We started using Dark Horse cold brew in our cocktails when I was at Sycamore Den, which we found the guests really loved, as we did, because it was a local substitute for vodka and Red Bulls,” says Eric Johnson. more

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You see, back in my nightmarish early bartending days, old fashioneds were very much different than they are now. more

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I had first heard about the cocktail from one of the chefs at Addison. He had described it as “the single best cocktail” he’d ever had, having tried it at an event put on at the upstairs loft of The Lion’s Share. more

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And through all of my many years behind the proverbial stick, the lack of well-educated tequila drinkers has always been concerning. more

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