Did you know that grapefruit is considered a prime source of vitamin A? Also referred to as the “forbidden fruit,” the grapefruit has risen to popularity in recent years, as its natural health benefits, visual appeal and distinctive flavor have made it a standout in the citrus realm. Indulge in the beloved fruit at these San Diego restaurants whipping up the best grapefruit cocktails in the city!
If San Diego surf vibes and coastal dishes are a must, Pillbox Tavern in Solana Beach is your grapefruit go-to! Bask in the beachy setting as you sip on their Noonish cocktail, made from St. Petersburg Russian Vodka, house infused with ruby red grapefruits, mixed with Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime juice, habanero syrup and a dash of rhubarb bitters.
Seeking a cozy experience with a quaint feel? With three locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station, Fig Tree Café offers its patrons a picturesque setting and wholesome experience, from its décor to its menu items. The idyllic spot for warm vibes, Fig Tree’s Grapefruit Mimosa is a flavorsome take on the classic breakfast drink that yields a complex variation of bitter citrus and sweet, fruity notes cradled by champagne bubbles.
Looking for an authentic Mexican hotspot downtown? Bracero Cocina De Raiz offers a rustic atmosphere boasting a menu packed with traditional Mexican flavors and culinary heritage. Treat yourself to their Paloma Jimenez, a mixture of Blanco Tequila, hibiscus infused Fino sherry, grapefruit, lime, cinnamon and soda. An intermingling of vanilla, floral, citrus and a hint of spice, this cocktail fuses Mexican-inspired flavors with delicate subtleties.
If family-owned restaurants with a welcoming feel are your style, then Brian’s 24 in the Gaslamp Quarter is the venue for you! Order their Swamp Thing cocktail, made with Bacardi rum, Midori with pineapple and grapefruit juices and Myers’s Dark Rum. A complex combination of rum’s natural spice, acidic fruit notes and citrus, this drink yields a uniquely warm take on grapefruit.
For a laidback and family-friendly environment, Del Sur Mexican Cantina in the heart of South Park provides its guests with traditional Mexican dishes and a drink menu to match. Try their zesty Paloma, a blend of 100% agave tequila blanco, grapefruit, Squirt and a half salt rim, for a refreshing flavor experience suited to the season!
If sports bar-style dining is up your alley, True North Tavern in North Park is an elevated hangout that serves American cuisine and inventive cocktails that complement the experience. Try their specialty When Doves Cry cocktail, a mixture of Herradurra Double Barrel Reposado tequila, Giffard Pamplemousse Rose Liqueur, grapefruit, lime, agave, lavender sea salt and soda. An appealing flavor concoction of floral and fruity notes melded with oaky vanilla hints, this is a grapefruit creation crafted for the cocktail fanatics of San Diego.
Up for a Caribbean escape? Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach is known for its creative cocktails and fun atmosphere. Their Havana Good Time cocktail is a fruity concoction of vodka, Pamplemousse, house grapefruit/cucumber cordial and kombucha that will whisk you into a beachy daydream!