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8 hot spots for summer cocktail cooldowns

Posted on: July 29th, 2013 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

I can’t think of a better way to beat our summer’s crazy hot temperatures than with an icy refreshing cocktail. Thankfully for all of us, I’m not the only one with that thought.

Check out these great summer cocktail options at your favorite local dining spots!

Basil Buddha Hand Lemon Drop | Get your basil fix with this refreshing cocktail made with Buddha Hand Vodka, Limoncello, Squeezed Lemon Wedges, Simple Syrup, and Basil.

White & Red Sangria | Grimaldi’s Pizzeria features both red and white wines to make their sweet Sangria drinks. The white Sangria is made with Rex Goliath Moscato and the red Sangria is made with Rex Goliath Free Range Red. Pair this fruity drink with a pizza for a perfect combination!  Grimaldi’s Sangrias are priced at $6 by the glass, $15 for ½ carafes and $28 for a bottle.

Signature Sangria | Kelly’s at SouthBridge uses a selection of seasonal red and white wines to make their signature sangria. Each sangria drink is made with fresh fruit daily along with a 100% natural fruit juices and sweeteners. Kelly’s red and white sangria’s are mixed with premium rums, vodkas and flavored liqueurs. All the best ingredients! The rest of the recipe is Kelly’s little secret… Come in to experience the real deal! Kelly’s Sangrias are priced at $10 by the glass or $18 by the carafe.

Strawberry Shamrock | This cooling cocktail features Cruzan Strawberry Ginger, Effen Cucumber, sweet and sour, fresh mint and club soda. It’s super refreshing and perfect for summer! It costs $10 regularly and only $6 during happy hour which is everyday from 3-7pm, all day on Sundays.

Limonata Blossom | Ciroc Peach Vodka, Thatcher’s Elderflower, San Pelligrino, Limonata, Lemon, and Mint

Sake Sangria | At Pearl Sushi and Bomber Bar, you can enjoy their unique version of the Spanish drink! It’s not your traditional Sangria—this Sake Sangria is made with sake, white wine and peach liquor. This drink will keep you cool during those hot summer months for only $5 a glass.

Grapefruit Basil Martini | Grapefruit and Basil combine to make a healthy, tart and flavorful drink at Salut Kitchen Bar. The martini is made with Absolut Ruby Red, Grapefruit Juice, St. Germaine and Basil Leaves.

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Grapefruit Basil Martini

Cucumber Mint Cooler | Smirnoff Citrus Vodka, muddled cucumber and fresh mint, simple syrup and ginger ale and costs $8.

Wild Berry Mojito | A blend of Bacardi Silver rum, triple sec, wildberry puree, mint, lime, simple syrup, soda, & Sprite and costs $7.50.

Strawberry-Lemon Mojito | Order up this cocktail for your daily dose of mint! This Mojito features Bacardi Superior Rum muddled with lemon, sugar, mint leaves and strawberries mixed with soda water and costs $6.99.

Summertime Sangria & Sangria ‘Rita | Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill features two Sangria items on their menu. The Summertime Sangria has Ecco Domani Moscato, Grand Marnier, orange juice, lemon juice, fresh strawberries, oranges and mint and costs $8.50. The Sangria ‘Rita features Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon floated on top of their 6th Street Margarita and costs $8.25. Both drinks are essential for hot summer days!

Pineapple Blossom Margarita | This summer drink features el Jimador Reposado Tequila, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Herradura Agave Nectar, lime juice, fresh pineapple and mint. This sweet, delicious drink costs $8.50 regularly and $7.50 during happy hour.

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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