The beverage engineers at Jsix Restaurant at Hotel Solamar have taken the building blocks of classic cocktailing and created a menu that positions them at the apex of today’s trends. Time-honored methods and techniques have come together with the freshest ingredients and an imaginative approach to produce a list of 12 quaffable delights that appeal to a wide variety of guests. Available now, the new cocktail menu (copied below) has spirited folks stirring with excitement. Expect bold aromas, strong flavors and surprising combinations fused with Jsix’s made-from-scratch philosophy.
The origin of these vintage-inspired drinks is comforting and familiar, but the avant-garde interpretation refreshes them. The Maple Old Fashioned uses Maker’s Mark sweetened with Vermont maple syrup and crowned with a thick cut slab of bacon, while the Emily Post plays on a classic champagne cocktail, replacing sugar and bitters with Crème de Violette and fresh blackberries.
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Garden fresh botanicals, fruits and vegetables add bright and earthy notes to vodka and gin-based concoctions. Fennel syrup, made on-site, sheds a savory light on the Fennel Collins, while the Serrano Gimlet uses gently muddled Serrano chilies to spice up this staff favorite.
“Jsix has always taken an artisanal approach to food, so it was only natural to create a bar program that complements Chef Graves’ menu,” said Assistant General Manager and Beverage Engineer Lauren Lathrop Williams. “ San Diego’s palate is getting more adventurous, so we decided to infuse Jsix’s personality into good drinks that utilize beautiful, fresh ingredients from area farms and our rooftop garden.”
Passion is at the core of Jsix, and it shines through in everything from the bustling atmosphere to the warm service to the craft of cooking with the best local ingredients and making many items from scratch. Chef Graves creates dishes that have gained the respect of fellow chefs and admiration of Jsix diners.
Jsix will also offer a Market Whim cocktail every night where bartenders are free to unleash their inner artisan and create original or classic drinks with whatever is in season. Jsix also plans to offer patrons an array of nightly specials for weeknights to begin August 19th (copied below), as well as a current weekday happy hour featuring a wide array of $6 items including fresh made pastas, house cocktails, and also $3 drafts - Monday through Friday from 4-7pm.
The new cocktail menu is available to the public now, and Jsix was kind enough to provide recipes for all the cocktails and specialty ingredients which are copied below for your convenience (click on them to make 'em bigger!!). Jsix Restaurant is located at 616 J Street in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp District. For more information, visit the website and be sure to follow Jsix on Facebook and Twitter, and to make your reservation, call (619) 531-8744.
Weekday Specials to begin August 19th:
Monday - Build your own Martini night - use the graph from things you like to help you build your own signature martini from 5-9pm.
Tuesday - Local Beer Flight Night - from an IPA hop challenge to Belgium brawls, come enjoy one of the chef's flights of local beer from 5-9pm.
Wednesday - 1/2 off bottles or waive corkage fee - enjoy half off selected bottles of wine or BYOW and skip the corkage fee with purchase of an entree from 5-9pm.
Thursday - Flight Night - a bartender's whim of tasty flights - from cool white wines to hot cocktails, nothing beats a little sampler tray of drinks from 5-9pm.
Friday - Fortified Fridays - Specials on ports, sherries and rotating vermouth cocktails from 5-11pm.