San Diego’s Best Cocktails

There’s more to drinking well here than beer

Sure, everyone knows how San Diego has long been home to one of the country’s most exciting craft beer scenes. But recently, it’s craft cocktails have local abuzz. Here are three you shouldn’t miss.

The Balboa at Balboa Bar & Grill

Two local companies, Henebery Whiskey and R&D Bitters, collaborated on this spirited sipper, which locals have dubbed as San Diego’s official cockail. This blend of Henebery Rye, R&D’s sarsaparilla bitters, fresh lemon, and honey is equal parts spicy, sweet, and smooth. Though Balboa Bar & Grill is where The Balboa was originally shaken up, you can now find it area bars like Prohibition and Counterpoint. And if being at the airport is stressing you out, you can even find The Balboa there.

Starlight Mule at Starlight

The unwavering popularity of this signature drink is proof positive that classics never go out of style – and for good reason. The Starlight is a refined spin on the beloved mule, and made with Rain Organic vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer, and Angostura bitters. The copper mug makes for a chic presentation, but also keeps your drink frosty from the first sip to the last.

Trust Cocktail #2 at Trust

If you’re a heat seeker, look no further than this fiery, fun spin on a regular margarita. Blended with jalapeño-infused tequila, tart grapefruit, agave, and Scrappy’s Firewater Bitters, this drink gradually builds up heat. It never get overwhelming, just enough to keep things interesting.

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