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Monday, July 14,2014
Cocktail Tales

Time for tea cocktails

Where to find ’em, how to make ’em and more

By Kelly Davis
If you want to try to infuse your own spirits, there’s no end to online how-tos. Steeping time depends on what kind of liquor you’re using and how much.
Friday, June 20,2014
Cocktail Tales

San Diego bartenders show us how to smoke a drink

Plus, a twist on an Old Fashioned by Alex Maynard

By Kelly Davis
How could you turn down something described as "a really fancy, good Old Fashioned—with pork"? That's the pithy explainer for the smoked pork belly wrapped in bacon / Old Fashioned pairing dreamed up by Hanis Cavin from Carnitas' Snack Shack and Seven Grand's Brett Winfield.
Friday, May 30,2014
Cocktail Tales

Gin’s best friend

Jack Rudy tops the list in our quest for best tonic

By Kelly Davis
This is a small-batch quinine concentrate to which you add soda water (4 ounces to 3/4-ounce of tonic) and 2 ounces of gin. It has a really nice, mellow citrus-y flavor—you don’t need, nor should you want, to add any lime.
Tuesday, May 20,2014
Cocktail Tales

7 smoky drinks to try this summer

It’s a campfire on the rocks

By Kelly Davis
Next time you're mixing up an Old Fashioned by the campfire—assuming you'd even do such a thing—try trapping a piece of smoking charred wood under your glass for a few minutes.
Friday, May 9,2014
Cocktail Tales

JSix's new cocktail menu: scents of place

Nate Howell's drinks capture regional flavors—and smells

By Kelly Davis
Earlier this year, JSix (616 J St., Downtown) underwent a major rehab, and Howell, who'd been the head bartender at Cusp at Hotel La Jolla, was tapped to head up the cocktail program. 
Friday, April 18,2014
Cocktail Tales

Booze news

New menus at Ironside and Coin-Op and a Henebery whiskey-pairing dinner

By Kelly Davis
The cocktail menu at Ironside Fish & Oyster, the latest Consortium Holdings (Craft & Commerce, Polite Provisions, Under Belly, Neighborhood) project, is rather epic. It's four times the size of the dinner menu.
Friday, March 21,2014
Cocktail Tales

Booze news

Native Spirits North Park retail shop, Polite Provisions' cocktail glasses and Hiatus' Gin Fest

By Kelly Davis
On the short list of retail shops that San Diego lacks are good liquor stores. That's not to say there aren't any—K 'n B Wine Cellars, for instance, will make your neck hurt with its sky-high shelves of booze.
Wednesday, February 26,2014
Cocktail Tales

Ballast Point crafts a new way to drink

Brewing titan invites San Diego to see its harder side

By Ian Cheesman
Just because I'm best known as a beer writer doesn't mean that's all I have to offer. With my expansive literary pedigree, I'm capable of delivering witty and biting commentary on virtually any fluid. That's why I was the logical understudy to cover Ballast Point's new speakeasy in Scripps Ranch.
Friday, February 7,2014
Cocktail Tales

That's amari

Learning to love bitter liqueur, one amaro at a time

By Kelly Davis
I considered writing about romantic drinking spots for this column, but I'm utterly unromantic. I have, however, been thinking a lot about a type of spirit that sounds romantic: amaro (plural "amari").
Friday, January 17,2014
Cocktail Tales

Frogger and Fernet?

Well-played drinks at North Park’s Coin-Op Game Room

By Kelly Davis
Coin-Op's located in the space formerly occupied by Hubcap (and, just before that, El Take it Easy) and features a big, open front facing 30th Street.
 
 
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