What says fall to you? Pumpkin spice lattes? Cold, rainy days? Leaves changing colors? Besides the real feel of the change of seasons October is National Apple Month. Apple pie in Julian is just a day trip away, but there are several apple-inspired cocktails and eats right within the San Diego city limits.
- The Pony Room, the newest addition to the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, features a bar and outdoor patio with fire pits (perfect for a brisk, fall evening) and serves up The Rum Diary cocktail made with rum, apple juice, lime juice and house made Mole bitters. Guests can also indulge in their caramelized apple tatin.
- If you want to celebrate National Apple Month a little closer to the ocean, JRDN at Tower23 Hotel is the place to stop in for a seaside lunch. Their executive chef will be plating up a kale + apple salad (including pomegranate, pistachio, goat cheese, and cornbread with a cranberry vinaigrette to pair with the fruit) and also an apple fritter that pairs spiced apple with candied walnuts and a creative cheddar cheese ice cream.
- True Food Kitchen is known for serving seasonal cocktails and offer up the Spiced Apple Sidecar to celebrate the month. The drink made with house-muled brandy, apple juice and lemon mixes a bit sweet with a little tang of tart.
- Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey adds apples to his menu by roasting them with pan-seared duck breast and fingerling potatoes for savory and also apple and olive oil cake served with Makers Mark ice cream for something sweet at his downtown (and Del Mar) Searsucker restaurant. He offers an apple cocktail that has house-made infused apple cinnamon whiskey, cherries and bitters at his Herringbone restaurant in La Jolla.
- If you’re looking for a apple cocktail to pair with your sushi sampling, visit Katsuya downtown for its Le Grande Saint Rose Apple Press made with sparkling vodka, muddled fall apples, lemon, simple syrup, Sprite and soda.
Whether you pick them, eat them, or drink them, you can enjoy apples any way you want this October.