It may be 70 degrees in San Diego but the beach town certainly doesn’t lack in the holiday spirit. Bars all over the city are getting into the festive spirit with holiday-inspired cocktails. From spiked hot chocolate to cookie-inspired cocktails, check out eight drinks to deck the halls in San Diego.
Pomegranate Copita at Avant
This winter, Rancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, AVANT, is oozing with pomegranate infused dishes and drinks, including the Pomegranate Copita. This refreshing seasonal cocktail features rose water, del maguey mezcal, pomegranate and lemon.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, ranchobernardoinn.com/dine/avant, @ranchobernardoinn
Sleigh Ride at Nason’s Beer Hall
Put on your ugly Christmas sweater and cheers in merriment at Nason’s Beer Hall at the Pendry which is decking its hall with the jolliest, over-the-top holiday décor alongside a festive holiday cocktail menu. Find all of the liquid mistletoe courage you need this season in their Sleigh Ride drink made with Screwball peanut butter whiskey, caramel syrup, almond, bitters and ground nutmeg.
550 J St., San Diego, Pendry.com, @nasonsbeerhall
Look to the Cookie at Serẽa
Coastal views meet festive tasting menus and holly jolly cocktails at the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Enjoy a creamy cocktail Santa himself will envy this holiday season at the hotel’s restaurant Serẽa. The Look to the Cookie is made with French vanilla vodka mixed with white Godiva chocolate, fresh heavy cream, and agave. It is served in a glass milk carton and complemented with fresh chocolate chip cookies on the side.
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, sereasandiego.com, @sereasandiego
Estancia Wonderland at Mustang’s & Burros
At Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, the holidays are celebrated as a season of giving, which is why the property’s signature restaurant Mustangs & Burros is bringing ‘cocktails with a purpose’! Throughout the holiday season, the restaurant will feature signature holiday drinks where $1 of each purpose will be donated to Feeding San Diego. Try the Estancia Wonderland made with Woodford Double Oak, house-made crimson pear shrub and mulling spice-infused foam.
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, meritagecollection.com/estancia-la-jolla, @estancialajolla
Jack Frost at Rustic Root
Celebrate the holiday season at one of San Diego’s top dining destinations, Rustic Root, located in the Gaslamp District with an unparalleled ambiance. Enjoy the winter air on Rustic Root’s buzzy rooftop while sipping the Jack Frost, featuring Jack Daniel’s, orgeat, cinnamon syrup, chocolate bitters, Coco Lopez and simple syrup.
535 Fifth Ave., San Diego, rusticroot.com, @rusticrootsd
Naughty & Nice Toddy at Spiked
Are you Naughty or Nice? Not far outside San Diego at Spiked, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s craft cocktail bar, guests can be both and enjoy this season’s Naughty and Nice Toddy. This holiday cocktail in the desert is made with Bulleit Rye, apple Brandy, lemon, cranberry juice, and whistle pig maple syrup, topped with a cinnamon stick and orange garnish.
777 S. Resort Dr., Valley Center, Harrahssocal.com, @harrahssocal
Hermey the Elf at Grant Grill
Have a blue blue Christmas courtesy of the award-winning beverage team of Grant Grill the Clink cheers to the holiday season with a selection of expertly crafted cocktails from Grant Grill’s, The merry and bright Hermey the Elf cocktail is made with rosemary-infused vodka, lemon juice, blue curacao and tonic. The drink is made complete with a mint crown garnish and powdered sugar for a light dusting of snow.
326 Broadway, San Diego, grantgrill.com, @grantgrill
Buddy’s Brew at Rooftop Cinema Club
Atop the Manchester Grand Hyatt, enjoy the ultimate festive outdoor film experience with Rooftop Cinema Club’s holiday movie lineup coupled with a toasty holiday cocktail, like Buddy’s Brew. The hot cocoa-inspired sipper consists of hot chocolate and peppermint Schnapps, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane. An excellent cocktail to enjoy while watching your favorite holiday movie, under the stars with the San Diego skyline as a picture-perfect background.
1 Market Pl., San Diego, rooftopcinemaclub.com/san-diego/venue/manchester-grand-hyatt, @rooftopcinemaclub, @grandhyattsd
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