There San Diego’s “Must-Try Cocktail Programs To Keep You Cool This Summer”

Light cocktail on a table with aloe sticking out

It’s that time of year in San Diego when an uptick in panic purchases of fans and portable AC units occurs. It’s also a time to cool down with summertime cocktails ideal for warmer – (and all of a sudden humid?) weather imbibing.

Below are a few of our favorite San Diego venues serving up fresh cocktails that we know you are going to need to stay cool this summer!


At acclaimed Juniper and Ivy in San Diego’s Little Italy, Beverage Director and sommelier, Nick Gergen, oversees a program of shaken and direct cocktails that complement the city’s year-round beach vibe.

Must try: MAZUNTE
La Luna Mezcal, Chareau, Luxardo Maraschino, Lime, Agave

This cocktail is aptly named after Juniper bartender, Alex’s favorite beach in Oaxaca — Mazunte — and based on what he’d like to drink while sitting on that beach. It features La Luna’s Cupreata Mezcal, which shows a more vegetal note than the traditional smoky one, which is enhanced by Chareau, an aloe and cucumber liqueur, also innately adding a freshness to the drink. Luxardo Maraschino Cherry liqueur plays into cherries being in season, while lime juice and agave syrup naturally fit in as two long-standing best friends to any agave spirit.

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