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It’s very similar to the process of making a great sauce. more

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New Orleans bartender Walter Bergeron supposedly created the Vieux Carré in the late 1930s at the Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone. more

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“The pineapple-banana cordial is an ode to a pineapple aqua fresca that the kitchen occasionally makes,” Moore told me. more

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The Woo Bob cocktail is a banger and a fine representation of what Siglin is known for. It’s balanced, nuanced, effervescent and refreshing. more

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Being the gullible sap that I am, I went to El Comal for the “best” michelada in San Diego. Well, I gotta say, it was pretty fucking good. more

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I do love a good Pimm’s cup. It is one of the more satisfying libations in the whole cocktail rolodex, and the Barrio Italiano does not fall too far from its proverbial tree. more

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It is one of the few places in this city that San Diego should really be proud to have in its backyard. more

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Well, to be honest, it wasn’t a big deal, but it had a ton of watermelon juice with mild citrus to help bring it to life and vodka to offer respite from the heat but not to distract from the refreshing attributes. more

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La Puerta is one of my two go-to spots in San Diego when I actually want a margarita. more

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So here we are, lined up at the starting gate of summer. more

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Life is really, really, really fucking hard, but so are diamonds. more

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I don’t believe that I have ever actually finished a whole Bloody Mary. And trust me, I’ve gotten to the bottom of a glass of some vile shit. more

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Yeah, I guess I’ve always been a bit of a sucker. The same can now be said for CBD. I know it’s probably more scientifically proven than, say, soul-saving candles, but there also seems like a little bit of blind faith required to start using CBD. more

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Phenomenal is what Prugalidad’s drink menu at Nolita Hall is. Or, from what I’ve experienced, that menu is thoughtful, focused and exciting. more

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I have a love/hate relationship with sangria that goes back over a decade. more

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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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