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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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The bar at Bivouac contains a lot of the things I gravitate toward this time of year, mainly both pear and apple brandy. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

Anatomy of a Cocktail Scene

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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. Read more

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