Juniper and Ivy’s new bar manager debuts drink menu
Joe Fisketti, who has been with the Little Italy restaurant since late 2016, has been named its new bar manager. He’s released an updated cocktail list, which includes creations made with Italian liqueurs and agave spirits, and will carry on the kitchen’s ethos of seasonal sourcing from the “Left Coast”, meaning Baja all the way to Vancouver. Fisketti’s fresh cocktail additions include The Velvet Unicorn ($14), a vibrantly-colored combo of butterfly tea, Nolets Silver Gin, Velvet Falernum, lemon and orange bitters, and Salt of the Earth ($12), which incorporates Vida Mezcal, tequila, Ancho Reyes, beet juice, lemon, mole bitters, honey and cracked salt.
Pop-ups return to L’Auberge Del Mar
The coastal hotel is bringing back The Patio at Night Pop-Up starting Wednesday, April 18 that will continue every Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. through the summer. Held on the KITCHEN 1540 patio, the dinners are chef Nathan Lingle’s showcase for produce picked from regional farms and locally-sourced proteins; call 858-793-6460 for reservations. And starting Friday, May 25 is the new weekly Pop-Up at Bleu Bar. Running through Labor Day weekend every Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the hotel’s poolside bar, it will offer specials on cocktails, sangria and tapas.
Taste your way through Liberty Station
The Taste of Liberty Station returns for its second year on Wednesday, April 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ticketholders will be able to stroll through the complex sampling food from featured eateries while enjoying live music and entertainment; participating restaurants include Fireside by The Patio, Pisco Rotisserie and Cevicheria, Soda & Swine, Solare Ristorante, and more. The $30 “Liberty Pass” includes all food tastings while a $15 “Bubbly Pass” will grant access to a sparkling wine garden. Prices will increase on the day of the event.
Red Bull launches organic drink line
Red Bull is introducing a new lineup of organic beverages and San Diego is one of only two local markets to get an early preview when the drinks become available on Tuesday, April 2. Find ORGANICS by Red Bull at Monkey King in the Gaslamp as well as Miss B’ Coconut Club in Mission Beach and PB Shore Club; the product line includes ORGANICS by Red Bull Simply Cola and the caffeine-free Bitter Lemon, Ginger Ale, and Tonic Water.