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New Cocktails in San Diego

Beer floats, favorite margaritas and more



Beer Floats

Ever since beer graduated from frat-party staple to higher-echelon potable, beverage professionals have been monkeying with it like they would fine wine, jotting down tasting notes and picking out complementary flavors. At the Lincoln Room, sous chef Tammy Soto designs the lounge’s rotating beer float selection, pairing a craft brew with a couple of scoops of house-made gelato or sorbet for a grown-up twist on a kids’ classic. “Sometimes I’ll pick the beer first and sometimes I’ll pick the sorbet first, like if I have a bunch of apples in the kitchen today,” Soto says. One of her previous creations used Ellie’s Brown Ale, whose caramel notes make it a perfect match for said apple sorbet; another called for orange ice cream to be sloshed into a pint of Allagash White, creating a boozy Creamsicle effect. The latest float goes tropical, pairing Maui Brewing Co.’s CoCoNut PorTeR with creamy pineapple gelato—like a piña colada for real drinkers. Combos switch out every two weeks or so; ask the bartender for details.

// RZS


Staff Picks: Favorite Margaritas!

Here’s what we’ll be sipping on May 5.

“Cantina Mayahuel has an amazing selection of tequila to choose from and margaritas are made with agave nectar. Super authentic.”
 —Jennifer Rea, Associate Publisher, Exquisite Weddings

“La Puerta’s Purple Haze! The homemade sangria is swirled into their frozen margarita. Tastes more like a Slurpee than anything.”
—Megan Smith, Event Coordinator/Social Media Specialist

“The skinny margarita from Brigantine. With 12 margaritas on the menu, you can’t go wrong!”
 —Julie Davis, Advertising Executive

“I love the Chili Mango Margarita at JRDN [pictured below]. I’m a sucker for spice. ”
—Gloria Armieda Tebelman, Senior Graphic Designer


Spirits Illustrated

Blogger Kelley Lilien, a Coronado resident and one of San Diego Magazine’s 50 People to Watch 2012, has written a delicious new book. Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook: Classic Cocktails with a Twist (Potter Style, May 29) illustrates 50 recipes of creative cocktails—20 blended, 20 mixed, and 10 punches. Cheers to drinking fabulously!



Dine & Date

Online dating just got a lot more palatable. The recently launched DinnerDates.com organizes intimate sit-down meals at top restos around the city. Single San Diegans can enter in their personal interests and event preferences—tequila tasting? six-course dinner?—and then sign up for various events with like-minded singletons. Hey, why not audition a few men while you’re trying out the new panko tacos at Barrio Star (one of the many restos that’s signed on to participate)? We’ll see you out there.

DATE HERE: Barrio Star (above), Gaslamp Strip Club, The Melting Pot, Café Sevilla, Po Pazzo, and Red Pearl Kitchen are participating.

Photography by Dean Bradshaw

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