Being a Chargers fan is a little like riding a roller coaster. One minute you’re flying high; the next, in the valley. From talks of leaving San Diego to tough losses, even the most true blue Chargers fans need an inspiring cocktail to keep their head in the game. Here are some of San Diego’s best blue and yellow cocktails to get you back in that game-day spirit:
Fans of the spice will love this yellow SoCal cocktail with Espolón Reposado, agave, lime, jalapeño slices, and pineapple chunks with a Tajin rim. (Tajin is a Mexican seasoning made with chiles, lime and sea salt)
Tavern at the Beach, 1200 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, tavernatthebeach.com
Electric Lemonade and Beerita
Home of the official pizza of the Chargers, Oggi’s is a popular spot to watch the games and raise your glass. The Electric Lemonade is a classic Chargers cocktail with citrus vodka, blue Curacao and lemonade, while the Beerita features Oggi’s own California Blonde Ale and tequila.
Oggi’s, eight locations in San Diego County, oggis.com
Drink in your blues in this sophisticated hot spot, with a cocktail made with white rum, pineapple, lemon, and house-made blue Curaçao.
Polite Provisions, 4696 30th St., North Park, politeprovisions.com
Inspired by a popular social media video but perfect for Chargers (and whiskey) fans, the Beez Nuts delights with with George Dickel Rye Whisky, orgeat syrup, lemon juice and honey.
Quad AleHouse, 868 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, quadalehouse.com
What’s Up Doc
Craft beer disciples: Pair up with your cocktail buddy and head to the hill, pregame. The must-try What’s Up Doc is made with dill pollen-infused gin, carrot juice, Allagash, honey and fresh lemon.
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant, 2202 Fourth Ave., Bankers Hill, bankershillsd.com
A simple, yet satisfying play on the popular nonalcoholic drink Arnold Palmer, this Sunday game-day version contains Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka, Svedka Citron Vodka and fresh lemonade.
The Commons, 901 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, thecommonssd.com
The Blue Pill and Lemon Gingertini
Share both of these Chargers-colored cocktails with a friend while watching a game. The Blue Pill features Myers and Malibu rums, pineapple, orange juice and a splash of blue Curaçao, while the Gingertini gets fancy with Bombay Sapphire Gin, fresh lemon juice, homemade ginger syrup, and house-made sweet and sour served in a martini glass with a sugar rim.
Pillbox Tavern, 117 Plaza St., Solana Beach, pillboxtavern.com
Sgropino all Pesca
Undoubtedly the most refreshing entry in the list is this frozen treat perfect for post-game celebrations. The Italian-dubbed cocktail features Skyy Georgia Peach Vodka with lemon sorbet and bubbly prosecco.
Flour & Barley, 789 W. Harbor Drive, #110, Seaport Village, flourandbarley.com
With 18 years in the restaurant and beverage industry and more than 850 reviews under her belt, Laurie Delk is a one-stop guide to all things craft beer, wine and spirits. You can follow Delk on Twitter @100beers30days or Instagram @sandiegobeer. Send ideas for featured drinks to firstname.lastname@example.org.