Ian Ward


Ian Ward

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

Jan 15, 2018 2:36 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Jan 2, 2018 11:28 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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

Dec 18, 2017 11:22 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Dec 4, 2017 1:10 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Nov 20, 2017 11:41 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Nov 6, 2017 12:16 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Oct 24, 2017 11:04 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene 4 Comments


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

Oct 9, 2017 12:27 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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

Sep 26, 2017 10:02 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Sep 12, 2017 1:25 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Aug 29, 2017 10:56 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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

Aug 14, 2017 10:12 AM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Aug 1, 2017 3:37 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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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

Jul 17, 2017 3:53 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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Honestly, as a person who has made his career as a somewhat forward-thinking bartender, I have to confess that I have never truly been sold on the idea that cocktails and food, in general, pair well together. more

Jun 30, 2017 7:50 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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It is a combination of Old Harbor San Miguel Gin (locally distilled, this is a wonderfully intense herbal gin, with strong notes of cilantro, sage and coriander), lime, aloe and Bonal. All flavors that effortlessly work together. more

Jun 16, 2017 5:14 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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When asked to write about a “classic” cocktail in San Diego, the first one that came to mind was the Manhattan at Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant (956 Broadway Circle). more

Jun 14, 2017 12:05 PM Drink Issue


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They say that great leaders can inspire people to follow them into the bowels of hell. For years Christian Siglin has been a heralded member of the San Diego hospitality industry and a respected bar consultant. more

Jun 5, 2017 6:05 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene


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I was seated in a high bar chair in front of him drinking a Modernist Negroni, one of Alberto’s recently released cocktail creations at the Grant Grill (326 Broadway). more

May 22, 2017 5:20 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

I went to Curadero (1047 Fifth Ave.) to write an article that I had already written in my head. I saw something on its menu about a cocktail that was being served with a chicharrón (that is, a fancy pork rind) more

May 8, 2017 4:54 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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