09 Apr New Craft Cocktail Spot in San Diego: You & Yours Distilling Co.
You & Yours Distilling Co. Visit
I had the absolute pleasure to visit You & Yours Distilling Co. for a tasting and some insanely good drinks. I jumped at the chance to check it out because my family lives in the Portland area and I’m such a fan of distillery row and the small batch spirits in Oregon. The distillery is located in East Village San Diego and is the first urban distillery in San Diego – plus it’s female owned #girlpower. Laura Johnson, the amazing owner, created the idea of an urban distillery with a custom eau de vie distilling system. Laura took us to the production room located in a room behind the bar where she showed us her pride and joy and explained the process. She’s so passionate and knowledgeable about her practice and it was amazing to see her light up when she took us through the different components.
Yeah, it’s pretty legit… I was surprised to find out that the vodka is actually made from grapes. Of course it’s distilled to produce the vodka and gin and it doesn’t taste like wine!
The decor is so on point here. The bar is dreamy and covered in these amazing blue tiles. Insta-worthy for sure. It’s no surprise by 6 p.m. on a Friday this place was poppin’. The space feels really lived-in and comfortable, like having a cocktail in your living room. There’s definitely an urban feel with exposed metal beams and pipes on the ceiling coupled with soft, velvet fabrics and jewel hues.
Chatting with Laura, the owner!
The whole staff was incredibly friendly. Often times bars and tasting rooms try to get you in and out and don’t go into depth about what you’re tasting, but Laura and each bar tender was very attentive and explained everything in detail, which I love!
Right now You & Yours has a gin and a vodka, both of which were super smooth. I recently found out that gin in really just vodka that has been re-distilled adding botanicals to give it that juniper flavor. No wonder I like it so much. I’m not into beer at all, so give me a good vodka or gin cocktail and I’m good to go.
We tried a tasting of the vodka and the gin, which came with a soda water to help cleanse your pallet between tastes. The verdict? Amazing. Smooth, flavorful, and easy going down with that warm sensation sans burn.
Then of course we had to get cocktails of our own. I got the cute little drink with the rose, the “Shirley Rose,” which was delicious. My boyfriend, Alex, got a gin and tonic with an amazing grapefruit tonic. He loved it and so did I! I’m sure their Sunday Gin would taste good with just about anything.
Alex’s G&T with a little side of chips.
Try out this recipe for their “Little Bunny Foo Foo” that You & Yours’ bar manager Tevor Bowles created. Perfect for Easter 😉
1.5 oz of You & Yours Sunday Gin
1 oz of carrot juice
.25 oz ginger syrup
.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
Pinch of grated turmeric
YUM. Enjoy 🙂
Thank you so much for having us Laura and the You & Yours team! I cannot say enough good things about our experience here. I highly recommend you check out this new gem if you’re a San Diego local or visiting; you will not be disappointed! This is a perfect date night and is in a great location to grab a bite afterwards. You can visit their website here and check out You & Yours on Instagram. Give ’em a follow and support your lady entrepreneurs!
[I was invited to You & Yours Distilling Co. for a complimentary tasting. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own!]