Tis the season for delicious new cocktails! Downtown San Diego’s favorite restaurant and rooftop bar, Rustic Root, recently launched an impressive lineup of new cocktails full of seasonal flavor.
New selections include:
Apple a Day: Zu vodka, apple cider, lemon juice
Absolut Alexander: Absolut Vanilla, crème de cacao, heavy cream, espresso
Fig Tree: Belvedere, Orgeat, lemon juice, house-made fig jam
Hey Pumpkin: Russian standard, ancho reyes chili liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree
Pear of Gingers: Tito’s Vodka, St. George pear liqueur, lemon juice, ginger puree
Rose Sangria: Chandon rose, brandy, strawberries, orange slices, lemon juice, herb-infused simple syrup
Blood and Moon: Azunia blanco, ginger snap liqueur, lemon juice, pumpkin puree
Rye Not: Wild Turkey rye, lemon juice, ginger, lavender syrup
Spanish Sunrise: Espolon tequila, pressed lime, lavender tonic, grapefruit zest
About Rustic Root
Rustic Root showcases a dynamic menu of rustic American cuisine with a spotlight on house-made ingredients. They are dedicated to serving food that is rooted in tradition, yet has a modern and creative flare. And creativity doesn’t just stop at the plate! The craft cocktails have a classic background with a tasty twist…building on drink recipes of the past and shaking them up into something deliciously fresh. Both food and drink menus feature high-quality ingredients that transform simple, American favorites into flavorful, unexpected, and seasonally-infused dishes and cocktails!
With San Diego Restaurant Week approaching on September 25 – October 2, we’re sharing following local dining destinations offering special menus. Locals can delight in flavors of fall, prix-fixe menus and more from these restaurants in downtown up to North County.
Rustic Root | Downtown San Diego, CA
Experience a dynamic menu of flavorful American cuisine at Rustic Root in the heart of the Gaslamp District. The special San Diego Restaurant Week menu spotlights signature dishes created with unique and tasty twist. A selection of appetizers includes truffle cheese toast, salmon tartar and the rustic wedge; entrees such as potato chip crusted sea bass and rustic shepherd’s pie; and dessert options of caramelized lemon poundcake and chocolate lava. This special menu is $40 with the option of adding a $15 wine pairing per person. Full menu, here.
September is National Honey Month, a time to celebrate the incorporation of this flavorful sweetener into a variety of different dishes. Rustic Root, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, offers its signature Brie and Honey toast, a fan-favorite and must try dish for those looking to indulge.
Just one of many rustic American dishes on the menu, the Brie and Honey toast is prepared on whole wheat bread topped with applewood smoked bacon, walnut, taj farm honey and avocado accompanied by a frisee and cranberry salad drizzled with honey dijon vinaigrette.
What pairs perfectly with Rustic Root’s Brie and Honey toast? Any one of the selections from its “Timeless Cocktails” menu which boasts an impressive list of masterfully crafted cocktails, each named for the year it was originally created.
Native Knowledge: Aside from its delicious dishes and refreshing cocktails, Rustic Root is known for its locals-friendly happy hour which includes half-priced appetizers and $2 off cocktails from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Rustic Root’s rooftop is the perfect place to socialize, sip, savor and enjoy unbeatable views of downtown San Diego.
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego is quickly becoming as known for its cocktail culture as for its craft beer dominance on the national stage. All-Star Week is your chance to try some of the local mixologists’ favorite twists on the baseball theme, while visiting a few mandatory cocktail havens near Petco Park.
So put down that boring Jack & Coke, and pick up one of these concoctions:
1845 Cocktail, Rustic Root: This downtown locale mixed up a drink named after the year baseball made its appearance in the U.S. The 1845 is made with Grand Marnier, Fernet-Branca (a San Diego favorite), simple syrup and lemon juice, with an orange peel. Bask in our glorious weather while sipping this cocktail on the rustic-American rooftop lounge, just a few blocks away from Petco Park.
By Irene Lechowitzky
San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, once home to gambling halls, saloons and bordellos, can still kick up its heels. Packed with cocktail lounges, restaurants and pulsating nightclubs, it’s a virtual playpen for partying. Best of all, it’s self-contained, and you can easily hopscotch from drinks to dinner to a nightclub. Plus, there’s a revolving door of fresh venues replacing ones that have fallen out of fashion. There are plenty of other activities as well: Padres games at Petco Park, Seaport Village, the bay and waterfront parks, and the ferry to Coronado are just a short walk. (There are homeless as well as partiers; the Gaslamp is very much an urban core.) The tab: My husband and I spent $179 for one night at the Hotel Z and about $120 for dinner and drinks.
The Gaslamp takes its reputation seriously as a party town. Choosing which hot and trendy bars to sample was a tough job, but I was glad to do it. Two that stood out: The tastiest cocktail was at Blush Ice Bar + East-West Kitchen (555 Market St.;  501-9158, sandiego.blushicebar.com), whichspecializes in “blushies.” You choose a spirit (vodka, rum, etc.) and add flavored, crushed ice and fruit purée: Voilà, a fortified slushie! My husband chose banana rum, lemon-lime ice and mixed berries; I had the house Vanilla Sky, which was like a piña colada. The jam-packed open-air lounge at Rustic Root (535 5th Ave.;  232-1747, rusticroot.com) features strong drinks (the Manhattan craft cocktail shot was small but mighty), lamp-post lighting and animal-shaped topiary, and overlooks the action on 5th Avenue.
The summer warmth is settling in and San Diegans are headed out to explore the best bars and restaurants America’s Finest has to offer.
With so many trips happening every day all across San Diego County, it got us thinking—where is everyone going? When it comes to happy hour cocktails or dinner with friends, San Diegans have many options to choose from. Which bars and restaurants do they Uber to most? We used anonymized trip data to find answers.
And with the launch of uberPOOL in San Diego, exploring these options is now more affordable than ever.
RUSTIC ROOT | GASLAMP DISTRICT