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Sep 24, 2010 06:03 PM

Cocktail supplies in San Diego : bitters, liqueurs, etc

Where is your go-to place in San Diego where I can get interesting liqueurs, bitters, and other ingredients for classic and experimental cocktails? As an example, I recently had a cocktail with Cocchi Americano in it and would love to try making that at home.

Bitters I can order online I suppose, but it's always fun to browse in person or have a knowledgeable store owner or staff person to talk to about these things.

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  1. BevMo (dot com to find a location close to you.)

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    1. re: Cathy

      Thanks -- I can get some things from BevMo (and I do) but I was looking for something maybe smaller or more specialty.

      Also, it's nice to have a conversation with the owner, which is sometimes hit (with great results) or miss (with much confusion).

      1. re: asarwate

        Your best bet may be Holiday Liquors in Escondido. They've got a pretty extensive selection of liquors plus their staff is pretty knowledgable.

        BevMo is good for everyday needs but they don't really have much in the way of specialty cocktail ingredients

    2. bumping this as craft cocktails have gained even more popularity since the last post. Are there stores selling interesting bitters and such now? Is anyone locally making bitters for sale?

      i saw some new brands of mixers and such at Pigment (a home decor place on 30th near Urban Solace) and started wondering about this.

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      1. re: MrKrispy

        I think Polite Provision is selling some of their bitters etc.

        Not sure what happened to RX Bitters:

      2. KnB in Del Cerro has an extensive collection of bitters and odd liquors. Bitters are in the back on the left hand wall, 2nd and 3rd shelves from the floor.

        1. Mona Lisa has a fantastic liqueur selection, but no bitters, as I recall.

          1. We go to Crown Liquors in Crown Point. They've actually ordered things we needed for our cocktails. Nothing hipster or artisan, but good basic bar ingredients. My point: go local, chat with proprietor