Sea & Smoke is the latest restaurant by one of San Diego’s top chefs, Matt Gordon. He’s also responsible for my favorite restaurant, Urban Solace, and Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, an Encinitas hot spot that I like to call “Suburban Solace.” All three well-designed restaurants specialize in some seriously tasty New American cuisine plus a craveable selection of craft cocktails. Aside from the drinks, what I love most about these restaurants is that their menus change with the seasons, allowing for a new, exciting experience each time I visit.
Jorge and I had brunch at Sea & Smoke this past Sunday, and I’ll have to say that, once again, Matt Gordon does not disappoint. The lovely libation pictured above is a new cocktail at Sea & Smoke called The Slutty Negroni. Made with rye, Cocchi Americano Rosa (an Italian aperitif wine), and dry vermouth, this red-hued beauty is a perfect way to down an ounce or two of whisky. The Cocchi Americano Rosa adds intrigue while mellowing out the burn of the rye. Dry vermouth is added for balance. Continue reading to get a recipe for Sea & Smoke’s Slutty Negroni plus highlights from our brunch.