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November 2013

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DEPARTMENT HEADER Leigh Lacap, Craft & Commerce's Head Bartender, enjoys sharing classic cocktails the way they were originally made with his customers. Do So uth FEEL THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HEAT AS WE EXPLORE SAN DIEGO'S RED-HOT CRAFT COCKTAIL SCENE by Rich Manning / photos by David Moyle Y ou may not realize it, but at the southern tip of Southern California, San Diego's cocktail scene is teeming with top-shelf talent. What's more, they are doing more than crafting killer drinks to their ever-growing throng of loyal customers. They are also collectively slaying an outdated stereotype that the city and its suburbs are all about vacationers imbibing on oversized faux-tropical drinks that vaguely look like a seaside sunset. While those drinks do exist—it is San Diego, after all—these talented men and women are rapidly making sure such beverages are properly designated as novelties and not definitions. november 2013  /  the tasting panel  /  139 TP1113_109-156.indd 139 10/24/13 9:17 AM

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