A great cocktail makes navigating the complexity of this year a little easier. The holiday season usually allows the immense bar talent in San Diego to flex and have fun, but with on-site drinking out of reach right now, many San Diego bars have packaged these boozy joy into to-go cups or cocktail kits to enjoy at home. From naughty to nice, here are 33 bars and restaurants helping to bring the comforts of holiday cocktails home.Read More
Where to Find Holiday Cocktails to Go in San Diego
Bring festive spirits home
1. Pacific Coast Spirits
This North Country distillery bottles cocktails like Whiskey Sweet Tea with PCS white rye, sweet tea, and country classic or the Spiked Horchata with Immature Brandy and delivers them in North County (Oceanside to Encinitas) with house staff who might be dressed up like the Grinch. Order online here.
2. Jeune et Jolie
The Extraordinaire menu offers dreamy pre-mixed concoctions like the Art for Art’s Sake with Irish whiskey, byrrh, dukkah, hazelnut, tahini, lemon, and Russian caravan, and its Christmas menu offers batched blends like the Grizzly Folk with bourbon, mulled cider, tamarind, and lemon. Order online here.
3. Mille Fleurs
The house classic, Burnt Orange Old Fashioned with house-bottled rye, charred orange, and a duo of bitters, can now be enjoyed at home for the holidays from both Mille Fleurs and Mister A’s. Call to order.
4. Swinford Spirits
The local distillery and cocktail house is serving curbside holiday concoctions like Lennon’s Milkshake with cognac, creme de cacao, cream, and nutmeg and Butterscotch Hot Chocolate with whiskey, butterscotch, oatmilk, and Ghiradelli chocolate. Bottles of their Lumberjack Lily Whiskey and Foxlore Gin are currently on sale for last minute gifts. Order here for pickup.
5. Seven Caves Spirits
The local distillery is offering a Rum Cocktail Kit complete with their R17 Rum, Seven Caves barrel aged maple syrup, and walnut bitters. Pick up or have it delivered to your door. Order here.
6. Cutwater Spirits
Get into the holidays with locally distilled Bali Hai Tiki Holiday Spirit from Cutwater. The classic rum is combined with cream and cinnamon, reminiscent of eggnog and perfect served over ice.
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7. Greenfinch Bar at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa knows nothing welcomes the holidays like a festive cocktail, and this year Greenfinch, their recently revamped restaurant, will be offering a holiday-themed to-go cocktail pop-up on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout December. Guests can order creations like the English Ginger Snap made with Earl Grey-infused Tito’s vodka, Amaro Nonino, persimmon and ginger beer, or the Santa Smokes Cigars, made with local distilled Malahat rum, Amaro Nonino, Benedictine with scotch spiced cranberry and mole bitters. The full menu can be found here, call to place order.
8. Realm Of The 52 Remedies
Common Theory’s Realm of the 52 Remedies has boxed up therapy for home. Their holiday edition includes everything to make 3 different Realm of the 52 Remedies. This includes one bottle 750ml Suntory whisky, all syrups/mixers and garnishes and some barware to make 10-12 cocktails. The kit also includes recipe cards and access to instructional videos. Order here.
9. Bub's at the Beach
This season brings in Star Bub’s Latte to Pacific Beach. The cocktail comes packed with 8 Ball Chocolate Whiskey, café de oro, and a RumChata float with a toasted coconut rim. The cocktail is $7 and available for carryout.
10. The Grass Skirt
Tiki Christmas is taking over at The Grass Skirt. Each week a new Sippin’ Santa box delivers the holiday cheer. This week brings “Rum Rum Rudolph” with Plantation pineapple rum, Plantation O.F.T.D, and Koloa coffee rum. This kit includes 4 shot glasses, two special edition 12oz ceramic Santa mugs and half dozen of fresh Red Velvet Devil’s Dozen donut holes! Order here, must be in by Wednesday, 12/16 @ 11:59pm for Thursday, 12/17 pick-up or delivery.
11. Pacific Beach AleHouse
Pacific Beach AleHouse simmering into the holidays with the Clockwork Orange cocktail. A blend of Ilegal Mezcal, orgeat, pistachio, lemon, orange juice and orange bitters, served on the rocks and garnished with a pistachio orange peel.
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12. Surf Rider Pizza La Mesa
The Cohn’s Surf Rider Pizza and Del’s Hideout are offering holiday cocktail kits including their Jalisco Mule with Patron Blanco, Fever Tree ginger beer, bitters and limes. Information on pick up is here.
13. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant
The popular Kensington spot now serves Merry Mason Jar Margaritas and cocktails all made to order. Menu can be viewed here, call to order.
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14. Fortunate Son
With neighborhood favorite Polite Provisions currently closed, their canned holiday cocktails can be ordered through neighboring Fortunate Son. Winter choices include the Nutty Old Fashioned with bourbon and macadamia nut with gomme and angostura bitters and the Chrismapolitan with vodka, absinthe, cranberry, pomegranate and lime. Call or order online here.
15. Madison on Park
The cozy neighborhood lounge is currently offering several festive holiday drinks for takeout Tuesday through Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm. The menu includes staples like the Madison Old Fashioned with 1776 Rye Bourbon, pecan wood smoked maple syrup, and cherry bark vanilla bitters and their take on a Carajillo, made with Licor 43, espresso, and orange peel. Orders can be picked up from the restaurant or placed via Postmates and DoorDash for delivery.
16. Til-Two Club
Though the bar is shut down, its owners are delivering booze and cocktail kits to your door. Holiday bubbles include the smooth hot buttered rum which comes with 6oz of batter, Hamilton Black rum & Hamilton West Indies 375ml, two cans of liquid death with a side of ground nutmeg and a Til Two Club mug. Order by Wednesdays at noon, spreadsheet and ordering direction here.
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17. Mr. Trustee Creamery
The pick-up window at Mission Hill’s Mr. Trustee is serving up holiday cheer. Warm up with their Apple Cider swirled with cinnamon sticks and orange with an optional shot of Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye or their Candy Cane Hot Chocolate with peppermint Chantilly and Baileys. All beverages are $6 each (optional boozy add-ons are $6) and available to-go Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Farm-to-neighborhood eatery, Rusticucina, gives Sicilan twist to holiday cocktails such as the Holiday Martini, a cranberry martini with a wisp of smoked rosemary along with a special holiday food menu for takeout. Order here.
19. Tribute Pizza
The popular North Park pizzeria brings seasonal cheer to their bottled cocktail menus. Choices include the Spiked Eggnog with Plantation and Appleton jamaican rums, wild turkey bourbon, and French cognac, fresh cream, organic pasteurized egg yolks and fresh nutmeg and the Bourbon Spiced Apple Cider with Wild Turkey bourbon, St. George spiced pear liqueur, Laird’s applejack brandy, unfiltered farmers market apple cider, and a touch of house mulling spice simple syrup.
20. Common Stock
Beverage Director Eric Wickham is spreading holiday cheer with two specialty cocktails, both available to-go. Common Stock is serving Abuelita Hot Chocolate fragrant with cinnamon, orange and clove available $4 virgin, $10 for spiked with bourbon and Irish cream. Or lean into the winter chill with a Cold Bourbon Apple Punch, a cold cider with lemon and cinnamon for $12.
21. Snake Oil Cocktail Company
Pickup carefully crafted mixers such as the Out of the Blue with smashed blueberry, lavender infusion, and pressed lemon or try the Black Magix Xolo with pressed grapefruit, lemon, agave nectar, charcoal, and black sea salt for rimming your glass. Each mixer has recommended liquor pairing to add your or for pick up from them as well. Order here.
22. Moniker General
The pop-up bar now features boozy bundles for San Diegans to enjoy an at home. This week The Cocktail Basket includes a Spiced Pear aperitif and Moniker’s signature Margarita. Each kit includes enough for 10-12 cocktails, upgrades available as well. Orders must be submitted by Wednesday at 4 p.m. for free Friday delivery throughout Point Loma and Ocean Beach or pick-up at Moniker General in LIberty Station. Call 619.255.8772 or direct message @monickercocktailco to place an order.
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23. Civico by The Park
Civico by the Park is offering four takeout Cocktails di Natale. Choices include the Christmas Negroni with Hendricks Gin, Barathier’s Alpine Liquor, Cassis De Bourgogne and the Holiday in Manhattan with Mitcher’s Single Barrel Kentucky Rye Whiskey, Luxardo Maraschino, Punt E Mes Aperitivo, Black Walnut Bitters, with a cherry garnish. Order here.
24. Nolita Hall
The drinking emporium and restaurant’s Bar Manager Corey Tighe has concocted holiday cocktails that incorporate commentary on the season. The new line up includes the Melting Giuliani Eggnog, a butternut squash eggnog with Malahat spiced rum and the Stimulus Check with Slane Irish Whiskey, hot coffee, vanilla demerara, and cinnamon whipped cream. Available in single ($10) and double ($16) sizes for order online, phone (619.255.8000) or walk-up.
The joy of the season can be picked up from or delivered by South Park’s Fernside. Their new mix of bottles and kits includes the Coquito, a Puerto Rican vegan nog that blends rum, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and more, and comes with crushed ice and freshly-grated nutmeg. Or try their “Holiday” Vieux Carr with rye, cognac, benedictine, chai-infused vermouth, and angostura & peychaud bitters served with a “whole gang of Luxardo maraschino cherries.” Order here.
26. Cloak & Petal
Cloak & Petal’s carryout holiday meal packages feature a selection of specialty cocktails. Options fit for a holiday feast include their Japanese Mule, infused with flavors of honeydew melon, white grape, and kabosu citrus, with passionfruit, ginger and fresh lime, as well as their Shibuya Nights with Suntory Toki, black walnut, and cinnamon. For every holiday package sold, Cloak & Petal donates meals to frontline workers.
After a fire at neighboring Hamilton’s and South Park Brewing shut down Kindred for a week, the neighborhood hot spot is back up and running with a full take-out menu with boozy winter favorites like Hot Toddy with bourbon, cinnamon, rice nectar, ginger, lemon, and a winter bitters blend and the Necronominog with holiday spiced rum blend, brown butter nog, and oat milk.
28. Metl Bar & Restaurant
Try your cocktails in ice cream form from Melt Bar. Get takeout or delivery of holiday flavors include Santa’s Milk and Cookies with vanilla-infused vodka with holiday sugar cookies, peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies and the Chocolate Rye n’ Cherry Pie with high west double rye and chocolate ice cream with cherry pie chunks. Vegan options available as well.
29. You & Yours Distilling Co.
You & Yours is ringing in the holiday season with limited edition cocktails. The December line up includes the Merry & Bright with London Dry Gin, hibiscus and peppermint tea, blood orange, and mint and acOld Fashioned Christmas with Provisional and Old Tom Gin, orange, cranberry, honey, cinnamon sugar and salt rim. Order online here.
30. J & Tony’s Discount Cured Meats And Negroni Warehouse
Keep things cozy this holiday season by indulging in J & Tony’s Hot Buttered Rum. Made with a variety of spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, along with butter, molosses, brown sugar, and vanilla extract, this sweet concoction is the perfect cocktail to sip while sitting by the fire or enjoying a nice holiday movie at home. Meant to be enjoyed among friends or family (in your quarantine pod of course,) J & Tony’s is selling batches of Hot Buttered Rum mix to heat at home, made to serve 3 to 6 people. The bar is offering an option that comes with the alcohol for $39.99, as well as a non-alcoholic version for $21.99, each of which can be picked up from J & Tony’s in the East Village.
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31. Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine – San Diego
Lionfish has added holiday cheer to their cocktails to-go menu. The line up includes Not Your Lady in Red with Absolut Elyx, Velvet Falernum, Shrub & Co’s Cranberry and Douglas Fir, with ginger, lime, and cranberry red bull and the Bad Rabbit with Azuñia Blanco, carrot, ginger, lime, black walnut, bitters, and Cyprus black flake sea salt.
Huntress and Lumi mixologist, Sean Ward, has bottled six of “Santa’s favorites” cocktails into a convenient to-go kit. The pack includes I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus with Herradura Silver, Convite Mezcal, blood orange, agave, and citric acid and the Ebenezer Screwed, an Avion infused with tangerine, campari, and sweet vermouth. Order here.
33. ReBru Spirit Co.
San Diego, CA 92113
The sustainable distillery has launched its limited-edition holiday SweetCane Peppermint Whiskey distilled from local out-of-code and overstock craft beer. It’s available for local pick-up from the Barrio Logan distillery or online order beginning 12/18.