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One of the best non-alcoholic cocktails I’ve came across recently is the Jamaica el Jardin at Vistal Bar inside the Intercontinental Hotel (901 Bayfront Court). Read more

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I can’t think of a cocktail I hold dearer than the mojito. It was a pivotal component in the development of my bartending career. Read more

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The Yeezus Candle at WhipHand (935 J St.) in the Gaslamp: It’s a perfect example of Insta-worthy cocktail porn. Read more

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Charles + Dinorah at The Pearl Hotel, under the leadership of TJ Majeske, has taken considerable steps to contribute to the “zero-waste” movement happening in saloons, cocktail parlors and restaurants around the world. Read more

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An incredible use of the rum can be found at The Guild Bar (500 West Broadway), which just opened inside The Guild Hotel in Downtown. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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The Electric Rosé has no true inclinations of sweetness, but has lasting notes of lush, ripe peaches and orange marmalade. Read more

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The lemon juice also compliments the pair with sourness while the brandy brings in bold wood notes. The result is a delightful cocktail with perfect equilibrium. Read more

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What really makes the cocktail come together is the undertones of cinnamon. It’s not dominant by any means, but really deepens the grapefruit notes. Read more

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Upon first glimpse, the cleverly designed, Capri Sun-esque packaging captures the spirit of the Coin-Op bars: Crafty and quality driven, but playful and full of childhood memories. Read more

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Ian Ward

I have always loved the idea of themed cocktail menus. That being said, I have not always loved the thematic menus I’ve come across. The same can be said for chef’s tasting menus, as they both incorporate similar philosophies. While the theme of the Read more

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Recently, I was at Clara in Carlsbad (300 Carlsbad Village Drive Ste. 213) and, with spring upon us, I was incredibly excited to see the description of their Rosa Palermo cocktail on the menu. Read more

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Jeune et Jolie is not only a meticulously designed and alarmingly alluring restaurant, but just as beautiful are the intricacies of the dishes, the thoughtfulness of the beverage program and the warmth of the staff. Read more

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As for the new Small Bar itself, it certainly is a noticeable change from the first iteration. I, for one, am truly fucking glad. Read more

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The history of rum is equal parts advantageous, horrifying and intriguing. It is, in essence, the history of the Americas as we know it. Read more

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Not only is the Cordova a bar, but it’s a damn good and sexy one. Read more

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Refreshing is a word I would also use to describe Realm of the 52 Remedies (4805 Convoy St.) and its Opium Den cocktail. Read more

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If readers have not been to Tahona (2414 San Diego Ave.) yet, they certainly should. It’s a rare thing to sit at a bar in Old Town and feel as if it’s an actual bar. Read more

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I ordered the Espresso Martini and well, now I’m not going to say anything mean… how about this weather we’ve had lately? Read more

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Big, bold displays make me happy. Then again, big bold displays make most people happy. It’s not just the large red feather garnish or the tri-colored ice or the cerebral name, Le Coq. Read more

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The Christmas in Thailand is a tropical, refreshing cocktail with notes of spice and deceiving aromatics. Read more

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