Ian Ward


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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

Much like undercover cops and paying taxes, among bartenders, making vodka cocktails has become a thing to be avoided at all costs. more

Apr 24, 2017 3:19 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

After my last article where I wrote about a passion fruit cocktail at Sycamore Den, people kept telling me about a must-try passion fruit cocktail at The Grass Skirt (910 Grand Ave.) in Pacific Beach. more

Apr 7, 2017 2:07 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

However, there is that rare occasion when the new and inventive version of an otherwise traditional recipe turns out to be a perfectly paved road. The “Crime of Passion” at Sycamore Den is such an occasion. more

Mar 21, 2017 3:36 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

I found the act of re-entry into this cocktail carnival more dizzying than I had anticipated so I turned to one of the few people I love and trust for advice, Michele Willard. more

Mar 13, 2017 5:31 PM Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene