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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Enjoy a whiskey cocktail at these places for World Whisky Day on May 19

Life is messy – thankfully, whiskey is neat! There’s nothing like a classy taste of whiskey to warm the soul, which gives plenty of reason to celebrate World Whisky Day on May 19th. Bartenders are using their stylistic visions to bring new life to this classic liquor, creating innovative cocktails that break the mold for this traditional booze! Sip on these lip-smacking libations at local watering holes around San Diego for a lineup of some of our favorite whiskey-infused cocktails that are worth the whisk.

White Truffle Manhattan | The Whiskey House

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Famously home to California’s largest selection of whiskeys with over 2,500 unique bottles, The Whiskey House is the penultimate destination to explore the wide world of whiskeys. As the Gaslamp’s premier whiskey bar, this iconic drinking spot promises a whiskey for every taste along with eclectic craft cocktails and even a menu of mouthwatering meals with smoky whiskey flavor. For an unbeatable whiskey cocktail, try the White Truffle Manhattan, made with house-infused imported Italian White Alba Truffle Rittenhouse 100 Rye, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, and a cherry topped with real 23K gold flakes!

The Smoking Gun | The Smoking Gun

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If you’re up for some whiskey business, head over to The Smoking Gun. A revolutionary spin on the neighborhood bar, this new Gaslamp destination features a refreshing and quirky 70s ambiance to get your groove on, complete with ping-pong, shuffleboard, and memorable music from the retro decade. Sidle up to the bar for the signature drink The Smoking Gun, an oaky cocktail made with Famous Grouse scotch, Laphroaig Islay, Averna, fresh lemon, and a sprig of mint for a tasty take on a rich whiskey drink


The Blacker the Berry | Wokou Ramen & Yakitori

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Known for their dedication to impressive, urban Japanese cuisine, Wokou Ramen & Yakitori has made a name for itself as a culinary hotspot in Carmel Valley’s diverse restaurant scene at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. Featuring hand-crafted Asian food, edgy character, and a full bar featuring over 38 variations of whiskeys including 17 imported Japanese whiskeys, Wokou’s menu exudes flavors as rich as the culture it comes from. Try the ethnic twist on a popular favorite with the The Blacker The Berry, The Sweeter The Old Fashioned, made with Suntory Toki whisky, house-made blackberry sage syrup, and Reagan’s orange bitters for a hint of sweetness and a blooming aroma.

Tennessee Peach | Wood Ranch

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For a drink that will whiskey you off your feet, check out Mission Valley’s best barbecue joint, Wood Ranch. Home to innovative recipes and a dish for every desire, Wood Ranch leaves no one out when it comes to finding a delicious dining experience. Boasting an expansive selection of whiskey, Wood Ranch combines our favorite liquor with distinctive Southern charm with theTennessee Peach. Made with Gentleman Jack Whiskey, peach schnapps, house-made simple syrup, mint, and freshly-squeezed lemon, this classic cocktail whips out some serious Southern style for an invigorating and light whiskey taste.

You can never go wrong with a glass of whiskey in your hand. Take a shot at these fun and flavorful concoctions from the wide world of whiskey for World Whisky Day!

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