In the Spirit: Seven places to raise your glass in La Jolla Dec. 31

CUSP Dining and Drinks Head Bartender Nate Howell whips up some of his signature holiday cocktails.

Compiled by Pat Sherman

Whether you plan to savor, sop up or toast the New Year, consider celebrating with one of these festive midnight palliatives, served up at a number of La Jolla hotspots — or hit the town and discover what other seasonal sips and non-alcoholic refreshments await to help you usher in 2013.

Of course, if you’ve had a wee too much merriment, call a cab. Yellow Cab dispatchers can be reached from any local area code by dialing 444-4444 or by texting a complete address to 777222.

The Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) also offers a free “Tipsy Tow” service, 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. Call 1-800-400-4AAA for a free ride and tow home within a seven-mile range.

The Sir Rudy at CUSP Dining & Drinks. Courtesy

1. CUSP Dining & Drinks 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive cusprestaurant.com
Midnight In Paris: Grey Goose vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Crème de Peche and cucumber topped with champagne.
Also offering: The John McEnroe (Power’s Irish whiskey, Pimm’s, fresh lime juice, strawberries and a house- made syrup of cumin, celery and carrots) and the Sir Rudy (an 1800s-style, creamy “flip” containing egg, Cruzan Black Strap rum, Del Maguey Vida, demerara sugar and nutmeg).

2. Beaumont’s, 5662 La Jolla Blvd. (Bird Rock) beaumontseatery.com

Don't You Judge Me at Beaumont's

Don’t You Judge Me: Kettle One Citron vodka, champagne, fresh orange juice and a splash of cranberry, served on ice with an orange twist or slice.

3. Herringbone, 7837 Herschel Ave. herringboneeats.comThe Health Food: Gin, fresh celery, arugula, pressed lemon and carbonated water.

4. George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect St. georgesatthecove.comElegant Lady: George’s strawberry-infused vodka with Chambord, lemon and champagne.

The Elegant Lady at George's at the Cove. Pat Sherman photos

5. The Steakhouse at Azul, 1250 Prospect St., brigantine.com/azul
Pumpkin Spice Martini: Captain Morgan spiced rum, pumpkin simple syrup, whipped cream, nutmeg and cinnamon sugar.

6. BarFly, 909 Prospect St. #100 barflylajolla.comThe Aroma: Belvedere vodka, coffee liqueur and Aroma espresso served in a chocolate-rimmed martini glass.

Peppermint Mocha at The Living Room

7. Living Room, 1010 Prospect St. livingroomcafe.com Open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. New Year’s Day
Eggnog Latte: Eggnog, milk and espresso topped with ground cinnamon and Ghirardelli chocolate. Also serving: Peppermint Mocha (peppermint syrup, espresso and premium chocolate-mocha milk).

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Posted by Pat Sherman on Dec 26, 2012. Filed under Featured Story, Features, Food. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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