Summer Drinks: San Diego's Coolest Cocktails for 2009

When a plain ol' margarita just won't cut it, we've uncovered a round of drinks that will kick cocktail hour up a notch. From sweet pineapple treats to sour whiskey-laiden mules, here are our picks for the best summer cocktails for 2009.

Updated: July 20, 2009

San Diego Summer Cocktails

Sheraton San Diego Hotel And Marina

1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Stop by the poolside lounge at the Sheraton (locals welcome!) for a sip of the "Pineapple Sunset," a blend of Malibu, Bacardi, Myer's, Captain Morgan and Bacardi 151 rums with fresh pineapple juice and pi?a colada mix served aflame in a real pineapple shell. And be sure to bring your buddies, 'cause this is one potent taste of summer that quenches the thirst of at least 3-4 people.

Cowboy Star

640 10th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

We love the friendly 'tenders at Cowboy Star's intimate cocktail bar ... especially when they're making the wagon wheel gimlet. Crisp and cool, it's made with vodka, simple syrup, diced cucumber and lots of lime. Shaken together with ice, and served in a martini glass, it's the perfect summer cocktail.

Wet Stone Wine Bar & Cafe

1927 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

The white sangria at Wet Stone is a tad more crisp, a bit more tart than the traditional red version. And with slices of citrus and other seasonal fruits floating freely, it's the perfect libation for an after-work drinks session this summer.

Lei Lounge

4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116

Lei Lounge's tiki-chic setting is the perfect backdrop to enjoy their "Aloe Vera Collins" cocktail this summer. With aloe vera nectar, vodka, lemon and simple syrup, we're thinking it'll cool down a lot more than just your sunburn.


3175 India St, San Diego, CA 92102

We love the Starlite Mule anytime of the year, but the cold, crisp, tart flavors make it extra special during the summer. Starlite's master mixologists mix Rain organic vodka, ginger beer, lime and Angostura bitters and serve it up in a rustic, oh-so-cool copper mug.

Urban Solace

3823 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Served shaken over rocks, the Urban Fizz cockatil blends the island favorite Captain Morgan spiced rum with mango puree, fizzy soda water, and a freshly squeezed lime wedge.