Ian Ward


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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

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

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